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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 and internet connectivity. Review our Technology Instructions for A&O.
Chromebooks are not recommended: Due to the various updates needed on Chromebook devices and Zoom, we do not recommend you use a Chromebook. If you do use a Chromebook, make sure that your device is updated and that you have installed the Progressive Web App for Zoom. If you have an old version of Zoom installed on your device you will need to uninstall that version in order to install the new version.
Please submit your request as soon as possible, preferably at least 7 days before your scheduled A&O. Technology can only be shipped within the U.S.
How to Request Technology:
The sessions and meetings that will make up your A&O session are important to your success. Please plan to dedicate the time required for the program to concentrate solely on the sessions and meetings you are a part of. Students should not attempt to participate in the remote program while at work, in class, driving, or otherwise distracted.
Please Note: For access to technology throughout the academic school year, you will need to complete a separate request before the start of the quarter.
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.
Priority Registration is an accommodation through the Disability Resources for Student's office that gives eligible undergraduate students access to register for courses on the earliest possible date. Graduate or professional students who may need access to earlier registration should work with their DRS Coordinator and program/department to coordinate that.
Current/continuing students approved for priority registration are able to register for courses on the first day of Period I registration. New/incoming students approved for this accommodation will not be able to register before their Advising & Orientation session but will have priority registration activated for them in the following quarters. Priority registration does not exempt the student from other course registration restrictions such as prerequisites, membership in the department/program, class enrollment limits, primary campus assignment, etc. Learn more about priority registration on the DRS website.
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.
Primary First Year Program event buildings are listed below. There will be both large and small classroom settings. Amplified sound and technology are used. Each building can be found on UW Maps.
Please note: Advising & Orientation is taking place remotely.
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.
120 Mary Gates Hall Box 352825
Seattle, WA 98195-2825
Mary Gates Hall 120
Academic Year: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Summer: Mon-Thurs 7:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Fri 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Commuter and Transfer Commons (HUB 141)
Academic Year: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Breaks & Summers: Closed
Closed during University holidays.
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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.