Your Role in Working with the Disability Resource Center

The University of Minnesota has identified the Disability Resource Center (DRC) as the office to determine and facilitate reasonable accommodations.  We use an interactive process that necessitates your involvement as a student.

Current Students

The University of Minnesota has a commitment to provide equitable access to qualified students with disabilities. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides appropriate and reasonable accommodations intended to eliminate or minimize disability-related barriers. The process for determining reasonable accommodations is confidential and individualized.  If you have questions that are not answered here please contact the DRC at (612) 626-1333 or drc@umn.edu.

Temporary Health Conditions

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) works with students on a case-by-case basis who have temporary conditions that significantly impact major life activities.  Please call the front desk at 612-626-1333 and ask to speak with the access consultant on drop-in.

Additional resources that might be helpful for you:

Information about Disabilities

A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as concentrating, sleeping, seeing, hearing, walking, learning or self-care. While some disabilities are apparent, or visible, the majority of people have invisible disabilities. While an invisible disability may not be apparent, the impact of the condition is real. Some individuals may be reluctant to disclose a disability because of the stigma associated with having a disability.

What is a Reasonable Accommodation?

An accommodation is a modification that is made to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that eliminates or minimizes disability-related barriers to allow equitable access.

There is often more than one way to accommodate a situation or activity. In order for an accommodation to be considered reasonable, however, it must meet four criteria:

Documentation Guidelines

Documentation is confidential information from an appropriately qualified health or other service professional who is knowledgeable about your condition.  This professional might be a therapist, doctor, rehabilitation counselor, audiologist, nurse practitioner, or mobility specialist.  Documentation can vary in length and format, but should focus on the ways the condition currently affects you, especially in an academic environment.  Here are some examples of useful documentation:

How to Register

The Disability Resource Center provides accommodations for students who experience disability-related academic barriers. The interactive process begins when you contact our office.

Physical Access

The physical access coordinator works with various departments and offices at the University of Minnesota to ensure optimal accessibility of our physical environment.

This includes: 

Peer Note Taking

Peer Note Taking

A peer note taker is a volunteer/ University of Minnesota student that makes duplicate copies of their notes from a class and provides a copy to the requesting eligible student registered with the Disability Resource Center. 

It is a great opportunity to work with other peers and remove any barriers within the classroom to allow same access to class material. 

Access Assistants

Access Assistants

Trained student workers called Access Assistants help to remove barriers for students with disabilities. They may assist you with laboratory access, notetaking, library assistance, individual reading, and other activities. Think this accommodation is right for you? Talk with your Disability Resource Center Access Consultant or contact the Access Assistant Coordinators, (612) 301-1755 or drcaa@umn.edu.

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