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Get Connected With Our Office

Interested in meeting with us to talk about educational barriers and reasonable accommodations? It’s easy! Just follow these steps below:

1. Schedule a Welcome Meeting

You can email us, call, or visit our office at 258 Kirby Student Center to schedule an appointment. Appointments last approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

2. Submit the Request Accommodations Form

  • Complete the Request Accommodations Form online and provide any available documentation that indicates a history of a disability diagnosis. These steps will save you time later.
  • IMPORTANT: Please note that you should not delay meeting with us out of concern for not having the right paperwork. Each specialist will discuss specific third party documentation needs during the Welcome Meeting and steps you can take after the meeting. Our first priority is meeting with you, not reviewing the paperwork.

3. Explore Options

During the Welcome Meeting, a Disability Specialist will chat with you about the barriers you are experiencing, reasonable accommodations to address the barriers and your next steps. Our goal is to keep the meeting relaxed and comfortable.

4. Request Accommodations 

At the beginning of every semester, all students connected with our office need to select which of their approved accommodations they will use. Following the student’s request for accommodations, Accommodation Letters will be sent via email to professors.

  • Note: Professors will only be notified of the accommodations requested for that particular course.

5. Questions or Concerns at Any Point in the Semester

We know that questions, challenges and concerns may arise. The Disability Specialist you met with initially would be happy to answer any follow-up questions. One of the biggest mistakes students make is waiting too long to address a concern.

  • Email or call your initial DR contact.
  • Don’t remember who you met with? You can email us at umddr@d.umn.edu, call 218-726-6130, or visit our office

Common Accommodations Available

Listed below are the most commonly requested accommodations.
Specific barriers to academic inclusion are discussed with students,
and other accommodations may be provided on a case-by-case basis.

  • Test Accommodations
  • Reading Accommodations
  • Note Taking
  • Interpreting
  • Accessible Technology
  • Housing & Dining Accommodations