Current and prospective University of Minnesota students, faculty, staff, or guests with disability or health conditions may be eligible for accommodations. The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits or impacts one or more major life activities or bodily functions. Examples include caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.
We at the DRC approach disability from a social justice perspective. We view disability as an aspect of diversity, identity, and natural human variation. We strive to use an intersectional approach to understanding disability in the context of one’s multiple identities. We also consider the structure and environments that pose barriers to access and inclusion.
In the academic environment, we strive to consider the impacts that one’s disability or health condition can have in the classroom and the barriers that are present for students with disabilities. Thinking about inclusive design practices in tandem with accommodations provides the most accessible experience for those with disabilities.