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Disability Services

MIAD provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis through Academic Resources. For more information regarding polices and procedures, download the MIAD Disability Services document (PDF format, can be read by Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program).

Students with a disability, whether physical, learning, sensory, or psychological, are encouraged to contact the MIAD’s Student Accessibility Coordinator, Nichole Uecker. Nichole’s office is located near the Library and Academic Succes Center in Room RL95B. Students must meet with the Accessibility Coordinator before they can obtain accommodations for their disability.

Students are encouraged to notify the Student Accessibility Coordinator in a timely manner so that appropriate accommodations can be provided. MIAD considers June 1 as a reasonable date for receipt of documentation of a disability for fall semester enrollees and November 1 for spring semester enrollees.

On campus resources

Support Staff

Nichole Uecker, Student Accessibility Coordinator
Office RL95B

Community Resources

Milwaukee County Disability Services:
  • Provides information, assistance, consultation, resources, and help with transition and benefits
Disability Rights Wisconsin:
  • Private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide

National Resources

Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring (DREAM)
  • National organization for and by college students with disabilities

National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD)

  • Federally-funded national center for college and graduate students with any type of disability, chronic health condition, or mental or emotional illness
  • Posts disability and higher education news:
Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)
  • Promoting inclusion and success for people with disabilities
USA Disability Services:
  • Information for people with disabilities


Important terms:

Disability: “A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities”
Ableism: “The practices and dominant attitudes in society that devalue and limit the potential of persons with disabilities. A set of practices and beliefs that assign inferior value (worth) to people who have developmental, emotional, physical or psychiatric disabilities”
Invisible Disabilities: “A physical, mental or neurological condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities that is invisible to the onlooker”

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