Disability Services

Creating equal access and opportunity to all campus programs and services for persons with disabilities.
In this Section

The University of Wisconsin-Stout recognizes disability as an aspect of diversity. 

Disability Services is committed to creating equal access and opportunity to all campus programs and services for persons with disabilities. Means of equal access are provided to students with documented disabilities to provide them the opportunity to show their abilities and capabilities, not highlight their disabilities.

Social Justice Model of disability

Disability Services uses the Social Justice Model for delivering means of access to students. Where the Medical Model may have been effective at one time, it reinforces a "separate but equal" system rather than full inclusion within a community of peers.

Social Justice Model Medical Model
Disability is a difference. Disability is a deficiency or abnormality.
Being disabled, in itself, is neutral. Being disabled is negative.
Disability derives from the interaction between the individual and society. Disability resides in the individual.
The remedy for disability-related problems is a change in the interaction between the individual and society. The remedy for disability-related problems is cure or normalization of the individual.
The agent of remedy is the individual, an advocate, or anyone who affects the arrangements between the individual and society. The agent of remedy is the professional.


Carol J.Gill, Chicago Institute of Disability Research Association on Higher Education and Disability

Student Eligibility

It is the policy and practice of the University of Wisconsin-Stout to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding individuals with disabilities. Under these laws, no qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities of the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Universal Design

Universal Design (UD), also referred to as Universal Design in Education, Universal Design for Instruction and Universal Design for Learning, are concepts related to creating inclusive instructional environments.

Following concepts of UD means that everything is created to be as accessible to the largest number of people without adding accommodations or adjusting content. Review Instructional Resources for additional universal design concepts.

Additional Resources: