What is a Disability?

Current and prospective University of Minnesota students with disability or health conditions may be eligible for accommodations and services. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (including, but not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, working, and operation of a major bodily function).  ADA 1990; ADAAA 2008

Submit to Access U

Access U, the news site of the U's community journalism class, is looking for submissions for our website from people in the disability community, whether they be songs, poems, essays, visual art, videos, or other forms of expression about their experiences. In order to be more inclusive, we don't have to use your name with your submission although we will need a way to verify your story. We hope you contribute; we really want to hear from you!

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day 2017

Go U

Join us for an energetic and inspiring day as we explore what it means to GO and how we can identify and overcome the barriers that can get in our way as we GO toward our future!

D/HH Day 2016

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day 2016:  Finding Your Force

Access Achievement Awards, 2015

The recipients of the Access Achievement Awards for 2015 were nominated by University of Minnesota students and Disability Resource Center staff. Here is what we had to say about the nominees:

Joseph Dahip, Campus Operations, Fleet Services/Paratransit

Access Achievement Awards, 2014

The recipients of the Access Achievement Awards for 2014 were nominated by University of Minnesota students and Disability Resource Center staff. Here is what we had to say about the nominees:

Natan Paradise, Academic Adviser, College of Liberal Arts

Transition from High School to College

As you transition to college you will notice two key differences in the process of determining reasonable accommodations.  First, you, the student, play an active role in the process.  Second, accommodations provide access to educational environments and processes; success is the responsibility of each student.  Other key points are listed in the table below (* identifies tasks to complete with the Disability Resource Center):

First Year Programs and Placement Exams


If you are requesting accommodations for your Freshmen or Transfer Orientation and/or Placement Exams:

Housing Accommodations

  1. If you plan to request housing accommodations, apply for housing and meet all deadlines (application, deposits, etc.) http://www.housing.umn.edu/
    Select the housing preference on housing application that most closely meets your anticipated accommodation needs.  Be aware of the different fees and deadlines outlined on the application checklist.

Timeline for First Year Students Arriving Fall Semester

If you are a prospective student exploring possible accommodations with our office and have questions, please contact our front desk at drc@umn.edu or 612-626-1333 and ask to speak to the Access Consultant covering drop-in.


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