The University of Wisconsin-Stout recognizes disability as an aspect of diversity. We are committed to creating equal access and opportunity to all campus programs and services for persons with disabilities.

Goals and Objectives:
  • Ensure students with disabilities have equal access across campus.
  • Serve as a resource for students, faculty and staff regarding Universal Design / Inclusive Design.
  • Inform and support all students (enrolled and prospective) on the services that our office can provide.
  • Work with others across campus to create a usable, equitable, sustainable and inclusive environment.
  • Human variation is natural and vital to the development of dynamic communities.
  • Design is powerful and profoundly influences our daily lives.
  • Universal Design is essential for achieving inclusion and full participation.
  • Creating usable, equitable, sustainable and inclusive environments is a shared responsibility.

A New Paradigm of Service Provision
In the past, many Disability Service providers developed their service and philosophical constructs on the tenets of the medical model. It may have been effective at one time in providing access, but it reinforces a "separate but equal" system rather than full inclusion within a community of peers. It does not provide an avenue for the development of self-determination or disability pride for the person receiving services. Through on-going exploration and discussion, the Association of Higher Education and Disability is providing a forum for its members and the students served to adopt the social justice model of disability as well as Universal Design principles.

Conceptual Models of Disability*

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

•    Disability is a deficiency or abnormality.
•    Being disabled is negative.
•    Disability resides in the individual.
•    The remedy for disability related problems is cure or normalization of the individual.
•    The agent of remedy is the professional

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


Contact Information

Disability Services

206 Bowman Hall

Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Phone: 715-232-2995

Fax: 715-232-2996