DRS Annual Events

DRS offers the following events annually:

College Success - Transition First

(3-credit course offered each summer for freshman)

This course explores the critical issues linked to the transition to college for students with disabilities (SWD). SWD often experience significant barriers transitioning to college life and as a result, the success of students with disabilities in higher education relies upon their ability to understand the impact of their disability on learning and living independently. Learn more >>

Focus Forward

(held in August)

The Disability Resource Services (DRS) staff members are here to help you reach your academic goals by becoming an independent, confident and efficient learner.  We are proud to offer “Focus Forward.”  This is a half-day transition orientation program aimed at assisting students with disabilities transition from high school to Madison College. You probably have already attended another orientation specific to your academic program here at Madison College. This event is specifically for students with disabilities with the intent to help you get ready for your first day of college.

 The events this fall are as scheduled:  

Portage Campus, Rm 105
Wednesday, August 17, 11:30AM - 2:00PM

Watertown Campus
Wednesday, August 17, 2:00PM - 6:00PM

Reedsburg Campus, Rm 142
Thursday, August 18, 11:30AM - 2:00PM

Fort Atkinson Campus
Thursday, August 18, 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Madison - Truax Campus, Rm A2021
Monday, August 22, 8:30AM - 12:00PM

Madison - Truax Campus, Rm D2402
Wednesday, August 24, 4:30PM - 8:00PM

Madison - Truax Campus, Rm D2402
Thursday, August 25, 12:30PM - 2:00PM

Disability Awareness Week

(held yearly in October)

Disability Awareness Month aims to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities in society. During Disability Awareness Month Madison College celebrates the ways individuals with disabilities strengthen and diversify our society by embracing the talents and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to our college, workplaces and communities.

Find Your Future

(held yearly in March)

Find your Future is a special event at Madison College for Dane County high school students with disabilities grades 9-12. Through a variety of speakers, break-out sessions and classroom activities, students will learn what it takes to attend Madison College and what careers are available. This is a great opportunity for students to be exposed to amazing programs at Madison College. Breakout sessions will include presentations from Student Life, Advising, Disability Resource Services, a campus tour, technology demonstrations, and the chance to complete a FREE admission application!

Looking Forward

(held yearly in November)

Join us for an evening with representatives from organizations offering a variety of post-high school opportunities and support for individuals with disabilities. Even if you have not yet reached your last year of school, this evening is an opportunity to start planning for your future. This event is sponsored by area school districts and Madison College.

Parent Preview

(held yearly in July)

Parent Preview is an evening event focused on helping parents/guardians become familiar with Madison College and the support services they will be receiving. It is intended to help parents understand the differences between high school and college and to help ease any concerns they may have about their son/daughter attending college. Please note that this event is not intended for students - they should attend Focus Forward in August.