Information Desk: (608) 265-3000
(608) 265-6788 TTY
(608) 262-5487 (Fax)
Other: Campus Disabilities Specialist
(608) 263-2473 TDD
THE WISCONSIN UNION PROCEDURAL MEMO
Request for Auxiliary Aids & Services or other Accommodations Required by the ADA
This memo provides guidelines for arranging accommodations to access programs, services and facilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Title II and Title III (ADA). Generally, these services will be provided by the unit/department within The Wisconsin Union where the request is made. Costs for accommodation are, in most cases, the responsibility of the event, program or service sponsor. This procedure does not address employment issues. This procedure is consistent with the Wisconsin Union's commitment to quality customer service including the provision of appropriate accommodations.
TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA applies to all individuals with physical or mental impairments that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The ADA covers all persons with disabilities and extends many of the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which barred discrimination based on gender, religion, race and national origin. Divided into five (5) titles, the ADA deals with employment, public services (such as universities), public accommodations and services operated by private entities (stores, restaurants, etc.), telecommunications and enforcement. The ADA represents the culmination of years of effort by more than 200 organizations and thousands of people with disabilities, with the cooperation of business and service providers, to ensure that people with disabilities have the same basic civil rights that all other Americans enjoy.
Auxiliary Aids includes such services or devices as qualified interpreters, assistive listening headsets, television captioning and decoders, telecommunications devices for deaf persons (TTY's), video text displays, readers, taped texts, Braille materials and large print materials.
Individual with a Disability is a person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities (see definition below) of such an individual; a record of having such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment.
Major life activities include functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.
Access and Accommodations Resource Coordinator (AARC) is the individual designated by the Wisconsin Union Director to manage accommodation requests and coordinate appropriate auxiliary aids and services. (265-6788 is voice/relay)
ACCOMMODATION REQUEST PROCEDURE
Some accommodations require significant planning while others are readily accomplished. All accommodation requests should be made with as much advance notice as possible.
Grievances and appeals must be filed within thirty (30) days of an initial inability to comply with an accommodation request with the Secretary of The Wisconsin Union Council Facilities Committee (608) 263-4588. A response will be made within 30-45 days, at a maximum. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator will serve as a resource for all grievances and appeals.
(608) 263-7400/voice, (608) 263-2973/TTY