University of Wisconsin–Madison

6.31. Committee on Disability Access and Inclusion

A. MEMBERSHIP.

  1. Three faculty
  2. Three academic staff
  3. Two university staff
  4. Two students (one undergraduate and one graduate or professional school student)
  5. ADA Coordinator (Ex Officio voting)
  6. McBurney Disability Resource Director (Ex Officio voting)
  7. Office for Equity and Diversity Disability Coordinator/Employment (Ex Officio voting)
  8. Facilities, Planning and Management Accessibility Specialist (Ex Officio voting)
  9. Digital Technology Accessibility (Associate) Director(Ex Officio voting)

The committee relies on expertise from a variety of offices that work in the area of access and accommodation, including but not limited by enumeration to: Athletics; Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement; Division of Student Life; Libraries; Office of Admissions and Recruitment; Office of Human Resources; Office of Legal Affairs; Recreational Sports; Teaching Academy; Transportation Services; Undergraduate Advising; University Health Services; University Housing; University Marketing; Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education/Graduate School; Wisconsin Union.

The committee shall select its own chair from among the faculty members on the committee. The committee may select a co-chair from among the other voting, non-ex officio members. Terms of faculty and staff members shall be three years; terms of student appointees shall be one year. Each committee member will serve on the main committee and at least one subcommittee.

B.  FUNCTIONS

  1. Advise the University ADA Coordinator and relevant institutional units with primary responsibility for ADA compliance, and support their work to ensure the policies, programs, and services of the institution are accessible for students, employees, and guests of the university who have disabilities.
  2. Guide or contribute to assessment outcomes leading to improvements in the campus experience.
  3. Promote educational activities that support an inclusive campus community and compliance with laws relating to individuals with disabilities.
  4. Review applicable policies and practices. Recommend new policies, practices, or changes to existing policies or practices to campus governance bodies or institutional leaders, as appropriate.
  5. Lead and/or participate in university initiatives designed to measure campus climate, increase the diversity of the campus community, and improve the experiences of people with disabilities.

C.  Subcommittee on Instructional Access

Instructional access includes but is not limited to classroom, laboratory, internship, externship, study abroad and field experiences; admission and application processes; grading; curriculum requirements.

  1. Membership:
    1. One faculty (co-chair)
    2. One academic staff
    3. One student
    4. McBurney Director (co-chair)
    5. Division of Student Life representative
    6. Digital Technology Accessibility (Associate) Director
    7. Libraries representative
    8. Office of Admissions and Recruitment representative
    9. Teaching Academy representative
    10. University Health Services representative
    11. Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education or designee
  2. Functions
    1. Review policies and procedures and recommend changes to ensure the instructional environment is accessible to students with disabilities.
    2. Develop and/or recommend best practices and training for instructors on accessible and inclusive instructional design.

D.  Subcommittee on Employment Access

Employment Access includes but is not limited to matters concerning the recruitment and retention of employees with disabilities, policies regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations in the workplace, and education and training regarding workforce members with disabilities.

  1. Membership:
    1. One faculty (co-chair)
    2. One academic staff
    3. One university staff
    4. Office for Equity and Diversity Disability Coordinator/Employment (co-chair)
    5. Facilities, Planning and Management Accessibility Specialist
    6. Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement representative
    7. Office of Human Resources representative
    8. Office of Legal Affairs representative
    9. UW Marketing representative

E.  Subcommittee on Physical and Digital Access

Physical and technology access includes but is not limited to ensuring that the physical and digital environment and processes that underlie these environments (i.e., procurement, training, utilization policies, etc.) are accessible to students, employees, and visitors with disabilities.

  1. Membership:
    1. One faculty (co-chair)
    2. One academic staff
    3. One university staff
    4. One student
    5. McBurney Disability Resource Director or designee
    6. Facilities, Planning and Management Accessibility Specialist
    7. Digital Technology Accessibility (Associate) Director (co-chair)
    8. Libraries representative
    9. Recreational Sports representative
    10. Athletics representative
    11. Transportation Services representative
    12. Housing representative
    13. Wisconsin Union representative
    14. UW Marketing representative
    15. UWPD representative