Accessibility Resources at M State
M State is committed to ensuring equal access to our facilities, services and academic programs for students with disabilities. The Accessibility Resources office (formerly Disability Services) works in partnership with faculty, staff and students to remove disability-related barriers to education through reasonable accommodations for qualified students. We provide information and resources to support an environment that is accessible and inclusive for all individuals.
Students seeking disability-related accommodations must self-disclose the nature of their disability to the Accessibility Resources office. We serve currently enrolled students (including PSEO and concurrent) who experience barriers in school settings due to the impact of a diagnosis such as:
- Mental health conditions (anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia)
- Learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, reading, math)
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Blind, vision loss or impairment
- Deaf, deafness, hearing loss
- Physical disabilities
- Brain injuries (TBI, concussion)
- Severe allergies (food, environmental)
- Chronic health conditions (diabetes, cancers, autoimmune disorders)
- Other conditions that lead to disability
Get started with Accessibility Resources
Students who have a disability or believe they may have a disability are invited to register with the Accessibility Resource office to initiate accommodations and other supports.
- Apply. Complete the Accessibility Resources Application.
- Submit documentation. Attach disability-related documentation* to the Accessibility Resources Application or provide an electronic copy of your documentation to your home campus Accessibility Resources staff person.
- Check your M State email account. Applications and documentation will be reviewed by Accessibility Resources personnel, and you will be contacted via your M State email address regarding next steps.
- Meet and complete. Complete an Intake Appointment (approximately 1 hour) with Accessibility Resources staff to discuss reasonable and appropriate accommodations aimed at providing equal access to your courses, course materials or M State facilities.
*Examples of helpful documentation:
- Copy of an IEP/504 Plan and most recent high school evaluation report
- Psychological or neuropsychological evaluation
- Letter from a qualified professional
- Medical chart or history
- M State Accessibility Resources Request for Documentation completed by a qualified professional.
Please note: Students may be asked to provide additional updated and/or relevant documentation during their time at M State.
Accommodations are determined on an individual basis through an interactive request process and conversations between the student and Accessibility Resources personnel. Once a student is registered with M State Accessibility Resources, academic accommodation requests need to be made each semester for which an accommodation is needed.
Accessibility Resources campus contacts
900 Hwy 34 E
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2698
1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, MN 56537-1000
Moorhead and Wadena
1900 28th Ave S
Moorhead, MN 56560-4899
Contact the Accessibility Resources office on your home campus (listed here). If you are unsure which is your home campus, check SpartanNet or call/text the M State Support Center at 1.877.450.3322.
Accessibility Resources Handbook
M State strives to fully comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, 42 U.S.C. section 12101, which prohibits discrimination in employment and public educational services on the basis of any individual's disability; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d) to ensure the campuses, website and on-line course offerings meet the requirements therein.
M State follows Minnesota State Board Policy 1B.4 Access and Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities.