Audio Described Module 2 (Foundations Course)

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FEMALE NARRATOR: UW-Madison Disability Resources Training.
Module 2.
access and Accommodation at UW-Madison.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: 20th century timeline of Disability
Rights from 1944 forward.
FEMALE NARRATOR: The University of Wisconsin System
was required, by federal law, to afford protections to
individuals with disabilities by Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act in 1977.
The protections were reaffirmed with the passage of
the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.
And the first UW System, formal, nondiscrimination
policy was developed in 1988, and rearticulated by the Board
of Regents in 1996.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION : 1950's images of UW-Madison students
who were blind, reading Braille signage, and using an
early scan and read system.
FEMALE NARRATOR: However, assistance to students with
disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was
provided prior to any legal mandate to do so.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: World War II soldiers
and veterans on campus.
FEMALE NARRATOR: As early as 1944, veterans with
disabilities enrolled at UW-Madison on the GI Bill--
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: Student who is blind
uses the Perkins Brailler.
And a professor meets with a student with a mobility
FEMALE NARRATOR: --and received assistance through
the Dean of Students Office.
Their disabilities were primarily mobility, visual, or
hearing loss.
Early accessibility advocates included Dean of Students Paul
Ginsberg, Assistant Dean of Students Blair Matthews, and
James Graaskamp, a world-renowned faculty member
in the School of Business and founder of the
UW Real Estate Program.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: Graaskamp being pushed in his wheelchair
across sidewalk on campus.
FEMALE NARRATOR: Graaskamp, himself a wheelchair user as a
result of the polio epidemic, was a driving force in
creating opportunities for students with disabilities to
be fully included in campus life.
The McBurney Disability Resource Center is named in
honor of Madisonian Mike McBurney.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: Series of images of Mike McBurney from
his arrival home from the hospital through graduation.
FEMALE NARRATOR: As a senior in high school, Mike had a
severe spinal cord injury in a diving
accident in Lake Mendota.
Recovering from his injury, but left with quadriplegia,
Mike enrolled at UW in the 1950s.
Family and friends helped Mike get into inaccessible
buildings and classrooms, and faculty included Mike in
classes via a telephone connection when necessary.
Mike McBurney graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of
Letters and Sciences in 1960 and completed his juris
doctorate from the UW School of Law, graduating third in
his class in 1963.
After practicing law for three years, Mike was elected Dane
County District Attorney, but died shortly
after taking office.
Graaskamp approached the McBurney family with the idea
of founding a disability services
office in Mike's memory.
With their support, and through the auspices of the
Dean of Students Office, the McBurney Disability Resource
Center was established in 1977.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: Male student in a wheelchair shoots
a basketball.
And a female student sings from Braille
music in a voice lesson.
FEMALE NARRATOR: Between 1977 and 1990, the campus saw a
significant increase in the number of students registering
for services through the McBurney Center.
While the number of students with mobility, visual, and
hearing loss remained relatively constant,
approximately 100 total, the number of students with hidden
disabilities, including learning disabilities,
attentional disorders, and mental health
disorders rose rapidly.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: Student watches live captions in a
large, lecture hall.
FEMALE NARRATOR: Requests for classroom accommodations, as
opposed to environmental access and barrier removal,
grew significantly during this period.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: A program highlights words in an
electronic textbook while reading.
FEMALE NARRATOR: Accommodations in test taking,
conversion of printed course material to audio or
electronic format, and assistance with note taking,
also became increasingly common.
In 1994 and 1995, the Committee on Access and
Accommodation in Instruction facilitated passage of two
significant faculty documents addressing classroom access.
Document 1071 articulates faculty policy on access and
accommodation in instruction.
Document 1143 addresses alternative assessment for
students with disabilities.
The CAAI continues its work today, addressing current
issues on campus, including, but not limited to, campus
climate and the promotion of universal design principles in
instruction across all academic disciplines.
The CAAI is a shared governance committee and
reports annually to the Faculty Senate.
After the passage of the Americans with Disabilities
Act, the campus also formed the ADA Task Force to conduct
a campus accessibility audit and monitor compliance with
the provisions of the ADA.
This committee, currently named the Accessibility and
Usability Committee, is advisory to the provost.
Its membership includes representatives from
Administrative Legal Services, Facilities Planning and
Management, the General Library, Division of
Information Technology, the Vice Provost Office for
Diversity and Climate, the Office of Equity and
Diversity, Athletics, and the McBurney Disability Resource
Center, as well as faculty and student
members from across campus.
The formal committee structures resulted in
campus-wide policies regarding campus access.
UW-Madison also developed a collaborative model for
creating an accessible campus community.
In addition to the McBurney Disability Resource Center,
which serves students with disabilities, three other
campus units have employees whose positions are fully or
partially dedicated to accessibility concerns.
The Office of Equity and Diversity coordinates
accommodations for employees with disabilities.
The OED Disability Coordinator, and a network of
campus personnel who primarily work in Human Resources, work
closely with employees and their supervisors to develop
individual accommodations plans.
The Division of Facilities Planning and Management
employees a facilities access specialist, who works at both
the individual and building level regarding physical
access, transportation, signage, and other
environmental modifications.
FP&M also provides information for visitors, manages
web-based building maps with access information, and
emergency information for campus members with
The Division Of Information Technology assists the campus
in maintaining compliance with the university accessibility
policy that endorses compliance with section 508 of
the Federal Rehabilitation Act.
The Web Accessibility Team assists webmasters, course
instructors offering web-based courses, and department
administrators in creating accessible web products.
Other campus partners directly involved in promoting access
and inclusion for people with disabilities include the
General Library System, the Disability Studies Cluster,
which is home to a number of the university's research and
teaching activities in the field of disability studies,
and the ADA coordinator, housed in the Office of
Administrative Legal Services.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: Cathy Trueba, Assistant Dean of
Student Life and Director of the McBurney Disability
Resource Center.
CATHY TRUEBA: The number of students currently registered
with McBurney Center is about 1,000, or approximately 2% of
the total UW population.
This is consistent with national disability disclosure
data in higher education.
Students with hidden disabilities are now the
majority of students requesting accommodation.
Students with mental health disorders, followed by
students with attentional disorders, are now the largest
group of students seeking assistance through the
McBurney Center.
An emerging population is students living with chronic
health conditions, such as lupus, organ transplant,
Crohn's Disease, and childhood diseases such as cystic
fibrosis, juvenile diabetes, and
childhood cancer survivors.
Responding to the dynamic nature of disability, and
creating an inclusive higher education and environment, is
a challenge our campus supports through a committed
network of campus partners and collaborative systems.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: McBurney Disability Resource Center.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Video by Media Plus You, LCC.
Executive Producer--Cathy Trueba.
Producer--Diane Woodbridge.
Voiceover--Cathy Trueba.
Additional Voiceover and Audio Descriptions--Debra Claire.
McBurney students and staff appearing in the video--
Debra Claire, Alex Inig, Kyle Loger, Meagan Minster, Branson
Minster, Molly Minster, Terri Oehrlein, Jorge Luis Perez,
Olivia Ramoino, Sam Schmidt, Todd Schwanke, Kate Skarda,
Heather Lipinski Stelljes, Ben Thomas, Cathy Trueba,
Elizabeth van Deslunt, Diane Woodbridge, Kris Wurgler,
Zeynep Yilmaz.
Special thanks Georgiana McBurney Stebnitz, McBurney
Disability Resource Center--
Todd Schwanke.
Department of Economics--
Andres Aradillas-Lopez.
Lopez Department of Social Work--
Anna Haley-Lock.
UW-Madison Division of Information Technology--
Christopher Blair Bundy. and John Thompson.
Vicki Tobias.
Wisconsin Historical Society.
Tom Olin.
This training series was made possible by many generous
contributions made to the McBurney Center Fund through
the UW Foundation.
For more information about the Center and ways you can offer
support, see
Copyright 2012 UW Board of Regents.