Resources for Students
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1. Who does Disability and Accessibility Services support?
Disability and Accessibility Services serves students with documented disabilities significantly affecting major life functions. Students registered with our office have disabilities including, bu tnot limited to: ADD/ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Learning Disabilities, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, Low Vision, Diabetes, Seizure Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD and Chronic Medical Conditions.
2. Is my disability documentation kept confidential?
When you consent to having your plan sent out instructors will receive a copy that describes your accommodations, but does not provide details about your disability. Students are free to share detaisl with instructors as they see fit adn many do. The plan does stae the following: NOTICE: In providing services, Accessibility and Disability Sevices staff may disclose disability information provided by you with appropriate college personnel/faculty participating in your educational programming, including support services.
4. I have a disability, do I need to register with you?
Yes, if you want a Support Plan of accommodations. As soon as you have been admitted to Edgewood College, contact Disability and Accessibility Services for an intake interview with the Advisor.
5. I think I have a disability, but I have never been tested. What should I do?
Contact Disability and Accessibility Services to discuss the situation, as each is unique. Edgewood College does not provide screening for disabilities or provide evaluations, but the Advisor can explain the process for the student to get evaluated. Costs incurred for any evaluation are the student’s responsibility. Students may choose to start with their physician who may either assess them for a disability or refer them to someone more appropriate.
6. Who has to pay for a new evaluation?
Neither your high school nor your postsecondary school is required to conduct or pay for a new evaluation to document your disability. You may, therefore, have to pay or find funding to pay an appropriate professional for an evaluation. If you are eligible for services through your state vocational rehabilitation agency, you may qualify for an evaluation at no cost to you. You may locate your state vocational rehabilitation agency at http://rsa.ed.gov by clicking on “Info about RSA,” then “People and Offices,” and then “State Agencies/ Contacts.” Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for Wisconsin
7. How recent does my disability documentation need to be?
Current professional documentation that verifies your disability will be accepted. Documentation must be recent enough to identify functional limitations and support the need for academic accommodations. Student self-reporting is more important than documentation from a health care provider, as the student can speak directly to challenges faced in learning settings.
8. Do I need to do an intake every semester?
You do not need to do an intake every semester, but will need to inform Disablity and Accessibility Services each semester which instructors your Support Plan should be provided to.
9. What are my responsibilities as a student with a disability?
Your first responsibility is to self-identify. If you do not identify as a student with a disability, Disability and Accessibility Services cannot provide you with accommodations. After you have self-identified, you should provide the Advisor with documentation. Each semester you will need to request a letter be sent to the professor of classes in which you plan to use accommodations. You should respond promptly to emails requesting updates from you, including which instructors should receive a copy of your Support Plan. You are responsible for checking your plan each semester and requesting any needed changes.
10. How are faculty members informed of my accommodations?
To receive accommodations for the semester, students must review their Acommodaiton Granted letter and submit emails using the Faculty Notification Form. Disability and Accessibility Services will then email a copy of your Support Plan to your professors at the beginning of the semester. It is your responsibility to discuss with your professors how the accommodations will be carried out in the class. Disability and Accessibility Services Advisor can be included in those conversations as requested by students or professors.
11. I have a disability. Will I be eligible to use accommodations in college?
Maybe. The decision to provide accommodations is based on the specific activity and whether the disability creates any barriers to doing it. For example, a student who is paralyzed from the waist down has a disability and needs a physically accessible environment. However, this same student would not be eligible for note taking services or books on tape because the disability doesn’t interfere with reading or writing.
12. Will Disability and Accessibility Services provide personal care services like helping me get ready for the school day or pushing my wheelchair?
No. Services or equipment needed to assist a person with activities of daily living are the responsibility of the individual, not the college. For example, the college would provide a scribe for essay tests if the student’s disability prevented her/him from writing. The college, however, is not obligated to provide a scribe so that same student could do homework or write personal letters.
13. What Accommodations are available?
Accommodations are approved on a case by case basis and are designed to address the functional limitations of the disability. Some accommodations frequently provided are:
14. May a student with a disability be exempt from a foreign language?
Maybe. It is possible for students with a disability to petition for a waiver. The decision for a waiver is made on a case-by-case basis and substitute courses or study abroad are required. Contact Disability and Accessibility Services for more information.
15. What kinds of services or accommodations are not provided?
In accordance with the law, there are some modifications that the college does not provide as a reasonable accommodation. Examples include but not limited to:
16. Now that I have been approved for accommodation, can I retake any of my tests taken without accommodations?
No. Accommodations are not retroactive. You will be able to take tests with accommodations moving forward. It is your responsibility to request testing accommodations on any particular test.
17. How often or how long do I receive services if I’m eligible?
Our support services are available to students for as long as they are at Edgewood College and as often as they need them. Students must remember to stay in contact with Disability and Accessibility Services so that we can work together to insure your success.
18. I cannot use print textbooks and need audio books. Must I pay for a copy of the textbook that I cannot use?
Maybe. While we have some digital texts available at the online bookstore, others may take weeks to locate and those publishers may require that a print copy be purchased before they provide the digital copy. However, if approved to use digital texts you can purchase the print copy and start making scans to be read by your computer. That way you don't wait for weeks to see if a digital version exists.
19. How does the law change from High School to College for individuals with disabilities?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governs special education services in public schools K-12. The focus of these programs is to identify an area of need and plan for annual goals that improve the students skills in that area. For example, a student with a low reading level due to a disability may receive extra instruction to raise their reading ability. At the college level, IDEA no longer applies and special education services for students no longer exists. The law is transitioned to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and becomes more of a civil rights concern, protecting the student from discrimination by providing reasonable accommodations as well as ensuring access to all educational programs and services for those with a qualified disability. For example, the same student may be allowed extra time to process reading tasks on tests and larger assignments, but would not have annual reading goals or be provided extra instruction to improve their reading level.
20. Is financial assistance available through the Disability and Accessibility Services office for students with disabilities?
No. Check with Edgewood Central to inquire about federal aid, scholarships, and other funding options. Also search the internet for "Disability Scholarships." Some agencies that may provide support are:
If you have any other questions, please email Disability and Accessibility Services or call 608-663-2831 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
SERVICE ANIMAL POLICY ON CAMPUS
It is the policy of Edgewood College that service dogs and service animals assisting individuals with a disability are generally permitted in all public facilities and programs on the Edgewood College campus with limited exceptions.
Who This Policy Applies To
This policy applies to students, employees, visitors, and guests to the institution using a service dog or other service animal.
It is the policy of Edgewood College to afford individuals with disabilities who require the assistance of a service animal equal opportunity to access College property, courses, programs, and activities.
This policy complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (P.L. 93-11) and 45 CFR Part 84; and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.
Where Service Animals Are Allowed
It is the policy of Edgewood College that service dogs or service animals assisting individuals with a disability are generally permitted in all public facilities and programs on the College campus with limited exceptions.
Service Animal Owner’s Responsibilities
Service animal owners are responsible for management of the animal’s behavior on campus, including but not limited to:
Always keeping the service animal under their direct control, such as by a harness, leash, or other tether; however, if the use of a harness, leash, or other tether interferes with the service animal's safe, effective performance of work or tasks, or if the owner's disability prevents the use of such devices, then the service animal must be under the owner's control through voice control, signals, or other effective means;
Ensuring the service animal does not disturb or disrupt normal academic or administrative functions;
Immediately cleaning up after the service animal and properly disposing of the service animal's waste or other debris;
Preventing the service animal from entering any pond, fountain, or stream located on College premises; and
Complying with any relevant city, county, and/or state license and leash laws while the service animal is on College premises.
The owner is responsible for damage or injury caused by the service animal.
In some situations it is not obvious that the dog or animal is a service animal. Requesting any documentation for the service animal, requiring that the animal demonstrate its task, or inquiring about the nature of the person's disability is not permitted. The individual may be asked about only two specific topics:
(1) is the dog/service animal a service animal required because of a disability? And if yes,
(2) what work or task has the dog/service animal been trained to perform?
If either response is “no”, the animal is only permitted on campus as an approved emotional support animal (ESA). In general, ESA’s are limited to the student’s residence; they are not allowed in public settings. The individual can be asked to explain the ESA description listed in the Support Plan from Disability and Accessibility Services.
Policy Exceptions and Removal of Service Animals
A service dog or other service animal may be excluded in areas where the presence of a service animal fundamentally alters the nature of a program or activity. Examples may include, but are not limited to laboratory or classroom spaces, areas requiring protective clothing, food preparation areas or other sterile environments, and or other research facilities where animals are present.
College personnel may only ask service animal owners to remove their service animal from College premises or from the immediate area as follows:
If the service animal is not under the owner's direct control or the service animal is disturbing or disrupting the normal administrative, academic, or programmatic routine, then the owner must first be given an opportunity to get the animal under control. If the disruption or disturbance continues, then the owner may be asked to remove the animal; or
If the presence, behavior, or actions of the service animal constitutes an immediate risk or danger to people or property, the owner can be asked to immediately remove the animal and 911 (emergency assistance) may be contacted.
If asked to remove the service animal, the owner must be offered the opportunity to return to the College premises or the immediate area without the service animal and be provided with reasonable assistance at that time to participate in the College service or program.
A service animal may only be excluded for an individual event based on its or the owner's behavior at that event. The service animal or its owner cannot be excluded from future events based on a problem at a past event, except as provided in the Policy Violations section.
Depending on the seriousness of the animal's conduct or repeated conduct, service animals may be excluded from Edgewood College property temporarily or permanently. The Disability and Accessibility Advisor is responsible for conducting the necessary assessments regarding ongoing or permanent removal of a service animal. If a service animal is excluded, the Disability and Accessibility Services offices are available to assist in evaluating reasonable accommodations for the owner.
Owners who violate this policy or disregard an instruction to remove or exclude a service animal from College property may be subject to additional penalties, including banning from any College property, or other fines or penalties under applicable city, county, or state rules, regulations, or laws. Violations of this policy by an owner who is an Edgewood College student or employee may be referred for corrective or disciplinary action.
Students and Service Dogs or Other Service Animals
Students may choose to have their service animal included as a reasonable accommodation on their Support Plan developed with the Disability and Accessibility Service, however, this is not required for animals that meet the definition of a service animal.
Students who plan to live in a housing unit controlled by Edgewood College are required to contact Disability and Accessibility Services and Residence Life prior to moving in to make suitable arrangements for housing the service dog or animal. Students will also need to provide documentation of current vaccinations, clean bill of health, licenses and required tags.
Employees and Service Dogs or Other Service Animals
Employee requests for disability accommodations, including requests to have a service dog or other service animal at work, should be directed to the Human Resources Department.
Visitors and Service Dogs or Other Service Animals
A service dog or other service animal accompanying an individual with a disability is welcome in all areas of campus that are open to the public. Specific questions related to the use of service animals on the Edgewood College campus by visitors can be directed to the Human Resources Department or Disability and Accessibility Services
Service Animals in Training
Service animals in training may be permitted, but are not entitled to, the same access as service animals. Individuals must request and receive approval from Disability and Accessibility Services prior to bringing a service animal in training onto campus. Any individual bringing a service animal in training on College property is responsible for complying with this policy including the Service Animal Owner’s Responsibilities section.
Owner: Owner means any person having an interest in or right of possession to a service animal, or any person having control, custody, or possession of a service animal.
Service Animal: Wisconsin law defines a service animal as a dog or other animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Examples include, but are not limited to, guiding individuals who are blind, alerting individuals with a hearing loss to sounds, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, pulling a wheelchair, or retrieving dropped items. Service dogs or other animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a service dog or animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs or other animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals. This definition complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks.
Therapy Animal: A therapy animal is an animal that provides emotional support or passive comfort that alleviates one or more of the identified symptoms or effects of a disability. A therapy animal (also known as an emotional support animal or comfort animal) is not a service animal under this policy. Access for therapy animals is evaluated similarly to any other request for accommodation and should be directed to the Disability and Accessibility Services.
Complaint Resolution Resources
Individuals who wish to make a complaint that a College employee may have violated the College’s nondiscrimination and/or non-retaliation policies, including a failure to permit access to a service animal under this policy, may contact:
Disability and Accessibility Services
Human Resources Department
Policy last updated August 11, 2021.
A person may file a complaint with the ADA Coordinator if a person believes that Edgewood College has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of Section 504 or the ADA in some way or in some manner has been discriminated on the basis of a disability. The complaint will be reviewed by the ADA Grievance Committee.
The person who believes he/she has a valid basis for complaint shall discuss the concern with the ADA Coordinator for employees or with the Disability and Accessibility Services Advisor for students, who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply to the complaint in writing within ten (10) business days. If this reply is not acceptable to the complainant, he/she may initiate formal procedures according to the steps listed below.
Formal Grievance Procedure
Step 1: A written statement of the grievance shall be prepared by the complainant (student or employee) and signed. This grievance shall be filed with the Human Resources office or the ADA Coordinator for employees or the Disability and Accessibility Advisor for students within ten (10) business days of receipt of the written reply to the informal complaint. The ADA Grievance Committee shall further investigate the matter of the grievance and reply in writing to the complainant within fifteen (15) business days.
Step 2: If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the ADA Grievance Committee, he/she may submit a signed statement of appeal to the President of Edgewood College within five (5) business days after receipt of the ADA Grievance Committee response to the grievance. The President or his/her designee shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the grievance within ten (10) business days.
Any student or employee who invokes the right to grieve the policy will not be retaliated against, during, or after the grievance process.The ADA Grievance Committee will consist of 3-5 individuals knowledgeable in the area related to the disability and the grievance.