Instructor Training & Resources

As a University of Minnesota instructor, do you sometimes struggle to figure out how to best serve students with disabilities in your courses? Do you sometimes wonder what is "required" and whether you have to do everything that a student asks you to do?

In conjunction with trainEd, the training division of leading Minnesota law firm Gray Plant Mooty, and with the input of a cadre of University of Minnesota instructors, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) has launched a short on-line training video developed to help instructors with questions like these. This 12-minute video followed by an optional quiz (total viewing time of video and quiz is about 20 minutes) is available for viewing at the following web link:

Because the DRC is committed to advancing access for everyone, the first link is the on-line training video that is accessible to screen readers (text to speech software often used by people who are blind or who have low vision). The second link is for people who do not use screen readers: Both on-line training videos are captioned.

If departments would like to view the on-line training video as a group, please e-mail the DRC at and your department will receive a link to the captioned on-line training video developed for public presentations.

Here are some of the topic areas covered in the video:

  • What are instructors legally required to do?
  • What is considered a disability?
  • How are reasonable accommodations determined and carried out?
  • What roles do instructors, the DRC and students play in the accommodations process?
  • How can instructors best prepare to provide optimal access in their classes?

This on-line training video uses real-life experiences of instructors to help get these messages across as often there are no simple answers. It also encourages instructors to partner with the DRC when they have questions. 

The DRC looks forward to working with instructors and their students!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The Instructor On-line Training Video is the property of trainED used with permission by the University of Minnesota. Please share this link with ONLY University of Minnesota instructors and staff. In addition, please understand that our arrangement with trainED limits you to viewing the On-line Training Video for educational purposes in your role as an instructor or staff member of the University and that you are prohibited from reproducing, duplicating, selling, distributing, licensing, using, or creating derivative works from all or any portion the On-line Training Video content.