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Accessibility Resources

After being admitted to UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield, students with disabilities should make an appointment with Dawn Messerschmidt in the Solution Center to discuss their specific needs. Individual assistance is available in planning a manageable schedule. Special effort will be given to provide for a quality university experience.

The application process will require the following steps:

  1. Obtain a packet of information and application for services through Dawn Messerschmidt.
  2. Apply at least 4-6 weeks in advance of the semester in order to be sure that services will be in place at the start of the semester.
  3. Submit the completed application along with supporting documentation that is prepared by an appropriate professional, and in general is less than 3 years old, to the campus contact for Student Accessibility Services (Dawn). Please note: Students are responsible for submitting appropriate documentation to support the need for any requested services.
  4. The Campus Contact for Student Accessibility Services will submit the documentation and application to the Director of Student Accessibility Services in Madison, who will make the eligibility determination for support services. You will be contacted if there is a need for additional information in order to complete the application process. Upon being determined eligible for services, an Individualized Accommodation Plan is written indicating which services are recommended. You will be notified in writing once this process has been completed.

Typical services available to qualified students:

  • Adaptive Software
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Tape recorded lecture
  • Extended time for exams and quizzes
  • Separate testing room
  • Reader
  • Scribe
  • Audio text books
  • Priority registration
  • Preferential seating
  • Accessible classrooms/location/furniture
  • Library assistance
  • Laboratory assistance
  • Advocacy and liaison with faculty
  • Others

Student Responsibilities

The UW Colleges wishes to promote an atmosphere of independence for all students, including those students with disabilities. We want to encourage students with disabilities to become advocates for themselves. To further that mission, here are some guidelines for student responsibility:

  • Adhere to all policies regarding academic conduct, which apply equally to all students, regardless of disability.
  • Meet and maintain academic standards which have been established by the University and applicable departments (with appropriate accommodations where needed).
  • Contact & provide current disability documentation to the campus contact for Student Accessibility Services (Dawn Messerschmidt) or the Director of Student Accessibility Services (Kristin Hoffmann) when requesting accommodations. This information will be kept confidential and will only be released to those who need such information and only with the written consent of the student.
  • Follow all directions and adhere to all timelines when requesting accommodations. Failure to alert appropriate staff in a timely manner may result in significant obstacles to the provision of necessary accommodations for students.
  • Become aware of your rights as a student and learn to advocate for yourself.


Private test rooms are available for qualified students for study and course testing. To reserve a room or schedule an exam, please contact Samuel Clark ( or schedule in person at the library circulation desk. Placement testing can be set up individually for qualified students. Please contact Sam for details.

Audio Textbooks

Audio textbooks can be ordered by contacting Kristin Hoffmann. Audio texts can take several weeks to arrive so please order very early. We also are currently using ReadOutloud6.

Sign language Interpreters

Student requesting sign language interpreters should contact Kristin Hoffmann, Director of Accessibility Services, in Madison for information. 

Laws Applicable to Students with Disabilities

UW Colleges complies with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, specifically Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. No recipients of federal funding may discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability solely by reason of that disability. This means that students with disabilities have equal access to all UW Colleges' programs, services and activities.

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)
  • UW Colleges Academic Policy Regarding Students with Disabilities (Sen£208)

Parking and Elevators

Reserved parking spaces can be found at near both main entrances to the campus. Elevators are in both the Aldo Leopold Science building and the Helen Connor Laird building.

For more information on how to apply for accommodations visit UW Colleges Accessibility Services.


Dawn Messerschmidt
Campus Contact

Samuel Clark
CASE Associate

Kristin Hoffmann
Director of Student Accessibility Services 

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