The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, and activities. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made at least twenty (20) business days before your First Year Programs event by completing our Special Accommodations Request form.
To view accessible resources at First Year Program events, please review the information below.
To fully participate at Remote A&O you will need a laptop or desktop computer to navigate between several documents. Review our Technology Instructions for A&O to learn more about the technology and supplies needed during your A&O as well as detailed Zoom instructions.
You will not be able to use a Chromebook due to the limitations that prevent you from joining breakout rooms in Zoom required for small group discussion. Read more about Breakout Room Limitations to make sure that your device is compatible. If you have a Chromebook, please use a different computer/laptop or request a device from UW's Student Technology Loan Program. Please submit your request as soon as possible, preferably at least 20 days before your scheduled A&O.
How to Request:
If you require captioning services at Advising & Orientation, please complete the Special Accommodations Form at least 20 business dates before the first day of your A&O session. All of our pre-recorded content will contain closed captions, however, real-time captioning will need to be requested to ensure accuracy during live portions of your A&O.
Please note that the University of Washington and First Year Programs does not provide medical equipment on campus, including, but not limited to wheelchairs or golf carts. We can, however, direct you to the appropriate resources. Many of these external resources require at least ten (10) business days to process a request, so please plan accordingly. You can visit the Special Services website for more information about places to rent equipment such as wheelchairs.
At Advising & Orientation: A&O requires a significant amount of walking. In order to prepare, please review the primary buildings where A&O takes place. There will be both large and small classroom settings. Amplified sound and technology will be used throughout the session. Each building can be found on UW Maps.
If you are planning to bring a personal aid/assistant to a First Year Program event, please fill out the special accommodations form above. Overnight accommodations specifically at A&O and parking at all events must be reserved separately.
If you are planning to drive to campus, UW Transportation Services provides more information on accessible parking permits. Permits are required of all vehicles parked on campus Monday through Friday (6 a.m.–9 p.m.) and Saturdays (7 a.m.–12 p.m.). For more information, visit the Transportation Services website regarding gatehouse locations and permit costs.
The Disability Services Office (DSO) works to create an accessible and inclusive environment at the University of Washington. This office provides campus-wide resources such as interpreters (sign language, oral, and tactile), real-time captioning, and resources for UW departments.
Disability Resources for Students (DRS) is where eligible students begin the process of filing for accommodations during the academic school year. Students with temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory, or psychological disabilities may be eligible to work with the office to establish appropriate services for the individual. Please go to their site to begin this filing process or to log in to an existing account. We recommend that you begin this process at least 30 business days before the start of the academic quarter.
Disability Services Office
4300 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Disability Resources for Students
Mary Gates Hall, Rm. 011
206-543-8924 (Voice & Relay)
120 Mary Gates Hall Box 352825
Seattle, WA 98195-2825
Academic Year: M-F 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (PDT)
Summer: M-Th 7:30 a.m.–4:30p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Closed during University holidays.
First Year Programs fosters a successful undergraduate student experience through strategic programming that focuses on positive academic transitions and the development of learning communities. Through partnerships with faculty, staff, alumni, and student leaders our programs create the space for students to define how they will engage, learn, and thrive at the University of Washington.