DRS Mission and Purpose
The University of Washington Disability Resources for Students Office (DRS) was established in 1978 following the enactment of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by the U.S. Congress. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), mandate that appropriate and reasonable academic accommodations be provided to students with disabilities. Since 1978, we have been committed to providing reasonable academic accommodations to qualified students with disabilities at the UW. DRS strives to support the University in the inclusion of students with disabilities as independent, responsible, and productive members of the campus community.
DRS is not involved in the process of admission to the University. For information regarding admissions, please contact the Office of Admissions by calling 425.352.5000. If you would like to request that your disability be considered during the review of your admission application, please ask to speak with an admissions counselor for further information about the process.
Academic accommodations for each student are determined on an individual basis with input from the diagnostician or physician (usually from the diagnostic report), the student and the DRS office.
Who is eligible for services from DRS?
DRS provides services to students who are enrolled at the University of Washington Bothell. Academic accommodations, if reasonable and appropriate, are provided to students with a permanent or temporary physical, emotional, or sensory disability. A student must meet with a DRS counselor in order to receive services, and may be asked to provide documentation of their disability. There is no minimal or baseline disability that one must have to receive services. If you have a disability that affects you academically, you may be eligible for services.
What about confidentiality?
DRS keeps your records and status of your disability in the strictest of confidence. Release of any information regarding your disability or the services you receive will only occur through written permission. Also, in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), we may be compelled to release information on a need to know basis to UW officials or staff and/or if there is a threat of harm to self or others.