UMD Commission on Disabilities

Meeting Schedule for Fall-Spring Semesters, 2013-2014
August 26, 2013
October 7, 2013
December 2, 2013
March 3, 2014 in KSC 264

Who We Are

The Commission on Disabilities is comprised of University and community representatives who promote equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities.

2013-2014 Commission Membership

To Contact Us

  • Mailbox: 255 DAdB
  • Telephone: (218) 726-6827
  • TTY: (218) 726-6115
  • E-mail:
  • Interim Chair (as of April, 2013):
    Penny Cragun, Disability Resources
    Past Chair: Beth Esselstrom
    Vice Chair: to be appointed

    What We Do

    The Commission on Disabilities addresses issues such as:
  • Accessibility of Library and audio-visual materials
  • Assistive technology:
  • Curb cuts
  • Emergency procedures (safe rooms)
  • Housing concerns
  • Accessible parking
  • Power assist doors (Map)
         Interactive Campus Map
  • Accessible transportation
  • News from the Commission Chair

    Why We meet

    The mission of the University of Minnesota Duluth Commission on Disabilities is to promote the University's plan for compliance with all current legislation regarding disabilities including, but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Minnesota Human Rights Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Commission on Disabilities serves as an advisory board to the Office of Equal Opportunity, the Chancellor's Office, and Disability Services & Resources. Moreover, the Commission on Disabilities strives to:

    1. Ensure that the University is in compliance with statutes, regulations, and legislation in the area of equity for individuals with disabilities.
    2. Serve as an advocate for individuals with disabilities as protected by federal, state, and local law.
    3. Promote respect for individual differences and the right of individuals with disabilites to be treated with civility through education opportunities.

    Whom We Serve

    An individual with a disability is defined as a person who:

    • Has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more essential life activity
    • Has record of such impairment
    • Is regarded as having such an impairment.

    Who Works with Us

    • Access for All is an organization of students with disabilities and other individuals interested in disability rights and issues. Access for All meets weekly during the school year. Representatives of Access for All have seats on the Commission on Disabilities.
    • Assistive Technology Committee is joint committee of staff from DSR, HR, Library, and ITSS (Jason Davis (ITSS) - Chair.)

    In Memory of Dorab Baria

    Reports of Access Walks

    Meeting Minutes / Reports

    For More Information Contact:

    Disability Resources
    Director: 236 KSC (Kirby Student Center)
  • Services for students with disabilities
  • Disability information
  • Campus accessibility information

    Parking Services
    Director: 120 KPlz
  • Disability parking permits
  • Emergency calls (after hours call 911)

    Human Resources
    Director: 255 Darland
  • Disability issues for employees
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Student employee issues

    Office of Equal Opportunity
    Director: 255 Darland
  • Reasonable accommodation issues
  • Discrimination issues

    Facilities Management
    Director: 241 Darland
  • Physical access
  • Snow removal
  • Environmental health and safety

    Housing & Residence Life
    Director: 149 LSH
  • On-campus housing accommodation issues

    Information Technology Systems and Services
    Director: 386 KPlz
  • Adaptive computer hardware and software accommodations
  • AV, Phones, TTYs, Labs
  • Calendar of sponsored cultural events

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    The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.