McBurney Disability Resource Center / Division of Student Life

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(608) 263-2741 -- Phone/Relay711
(608) 225-7956 -- Text

(608) 265-2998

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

702 W. Johnson Street, Suite 2104
Madison, WI 53715-1007

The McBurney Disability Resource Center is the campus resource for students and non-employees with physical, psychological, sensory, and learning disabilities. Accommodations include testing accommodations, interpreters, note takers, reader services, and registration assistance, etc.

In sum, the McBurney Disability Resource Center:

  • Provides a variety of direct support services and classroom accommodations to students with disabilities
  • Provides information and referral services on disability issues
  • Promotes an accessible, open and welcoming campus community for all people with disabilities 

Program goals include providing academic, physical, electronic and attitudinal access to students with disabilities in an environment accentuating variations, not limitations. McBurney assists students with issues or situations related to advocacy, accessibility, on-campus housing, transportation services, and attendant care. It has resources for information including tutoring services, study skills and time management, community resources, disability awareness and various university resources.

McBurney staff members work closely with students, staff and faculty to develop disability-related service recommendation plans including, but not limited to, alternative testing, note-takers, interpreters and Brailled or taped course materials. Additional services include disability-related counseling, self-advocacy training and promotion of disability issues and accommodations.

The center also provides disability-related training, information and referral for university staff and faculty and serves as a clearinghouse for resources on disability issues.

Generally, students seeking accommodations request assistance from the center; however, students may also negotiate directly with individual faculty members and departments. Faculty and students may request support from McBurney staff in evaluating and providing accommodation requests. Verification of the need is based on disability documentation provided by the student. Requests should be made either to faculty or to the McBurney Center in a timely manner, preferably before the beginning of the semester.

The McBurney Disability Resource Center does not test for learning disabilities -- see the Student Assessment Services/Educational & Psychological Training Center record for details.

For information about the Paratransit Service offered to students with temporary and permanent physical disabilities, see the Metro Paratransit / Madison Metropolitan Transit Company record.