Examples of Accommodations

While the University strives to incorporate Best Practices or Universal Design to eliminate the need for many accommodations, it does not eliminate the need for all of them. 

Electronic Accommodation Letter

After registering with the Disability Resource Center your access consultant will email a PDF version of your accommodation letter to you.  It is your option to email the letter to your instructors or provide them with a printed copy.  While we encourage you to give your letter to all of your instructors, there may be classes in which you do not wish to use your accommodations. Please understand accommodations are not retroactive.  Your letter becomes effective on the date your instructor receives it.   

Disability Related Scholarships

In addition to other forms of financial aid, students with disabilities may qualify for additional scholarship funding. Many are provided through the Disability Resource Center and others are offered by outside advocacy organizations. 

The links below will take you to information about each scholarship.

Download scholarship application for 2018-2019 Academic year.

Career Resources

General Resources:

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 Are Reasonable Accommodations?

An accommodation is a modification that is made to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that minimizes disability-related barriers to allow equitable access while maintaining the essential requirements.
There is often more than one way to accommodate a situation or activity. In order for an accommodation to be considered reasonable it must:

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:


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