Pioneer Access Orientation is a pre-orientation program for new freshmen and transfer students with disabilities. Students participating in Pioneer Access Orientation move into their residence hall approximately one week early and participate in enriching activities prior to Welcome Weekend at no additional cost to the student. The goal of Pioneer Access Orientation is to provide students with disabilities with a solid foundation in assistive technology, self-advocacy, campus resources, social connections, and knowledge of UW-Platteville so that they will be more socially and academically prepared to be successful at UW-Platteville.


Examples of activities during Pioneer Access Orientation include:

  • Access Services Training
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt
  • TRiO Student Support Services Presentation
  • Campus Software Training
  • Pick Up Textbooks
  • Main Street Tour & Picnic
  • Lunch with Faculty
  • Game Night
  • Peer Q&A Panel
  • Assistive Technology Training
  • Equipment Check-out
  • Walk My Schedule
  • Canvas Training
  • Team Building Activities
  • Campfire & S'mores​
  • And more!

Learn more

Contact us at or 608.342.1818 to express interest or find out more information.

"I love this program!" -Katie

"I feel way more prepared walking into my first semester of college than the average freshmen. Now I feel more ready for what is to come." -Ashley

"It was nice to get my footing before being thrown into a larger group." -Isabelle 

"It helped me meet people on campus." -Matthew 

"It's a great way to get a little used to college life before classes start and everyone is here. It was a lot less stress and anxiety for me being able to start to know where things are.​" -Hannah

"I liked that I was able to see all the options I could use. Also being able to get out on campus before it got busy was helpful." -Samantha

"I found the Access Services training the most useful because now I know all the services that are available to me now." -Amanda

"It helps you get to know some of the tech-knowledge and resources that are available on campus. As well as being able to explore campus and town. It will help you feel more comfortable when you come in the fall for classes." -Paige

"I really thought they [peer mentors] had a good perspective on the whole thing that could not be provided any other way.​" -Ashley

Contact Information

Disability Access Center

0200 Ullsvik Hall
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m-4:30 p.m.