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Disability Resources for Students

The University of Washington is committed to ensuring access to higher education experiences for a diverse student population. The Office of Disability Resources for Students (DRS) recognizes disability as an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and the campus community (Mission Statement DRS).

Academic accommodations are determined for each student on an individual basis. Requested accommodations must be supported by the documented effects of the disability.

The School of Nursing partners with Disability Resources and students to provide appropriate accommodation and support. Students with Disabilities are encouraged to meet with a DRS counselor to explore possible accommodations and services. You should start this process as soon as you have received notice of admissions. Currently enrolled students should start the process as soon as there is an anticipated need. Once accommodations are established, they are applied proactively rather than retroactively, planning ahead is very important.

Please click on the link below for further information and guidelines.

Resources for Nurses with Disabilities

If you are a nursing student with a disability, we encourage you to explore the resources and support offered through ExceptionalNurse.com.  ExceptionalNurse.com is a non-profit resource network committed to inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession:

Service Animals

The School of Nursing welcomes service animals!

  • Per ADA 2010 Revised Requirements service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.
  • Service animals accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. 
  • Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devises interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.

For details on the U.S. Department of Justice/Civil Rights Section/ADA 2010 Revised Requirements, please click on the link below.