The Academic Center for Enrichment and Disability Services are working together to better assist students who plan to go abroad!
We would like to encourage students with special needs to seek out opportunities abroad and provide assistance as you discover what options and accommodations are available abroad. See the Access Abroad Student Checklist for an outline of the steps to be taken when choosing a program.
The earlier we can begin looking at programs and contacting them to identify accommodation availability, the better. To start investigating study abroad options, visit the Academic Center for Enrichment; then work with the Disability Services Office to complete an Accommodation Request form. This form will be used by Disability Services and the study abroad adviser to contact the program provider and identify what accommodations are available at the program site. It is important to note that different legislation exists in every country regarding accessibility, so there may not be the same accommodations abroad that exist in the United States.
Disclosing a disability will not affect acceptance into a program, but can be helpful when working to identify which program will be the best fit for you and be able to provide the necessary accommodations. It is best to discover the available accommodations before departure as they may not be available on-site if you have not provided notification ahead of time.
We encourage all students with learning disabilities, mobility issues, and/or mental health issues to contact the Disability Services Office to learn about available assistance both at the University of Minnesota, Morris and to complete an Accommodation Request form if you plan to study abroad!
Finding Programs with Designated Access Information
The Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities has outlined some of the access accommodations and regional information and legislation on disability services available for several programs.
Your choices are not limited to these programs, though they can serve as an example of local accommodation availability. Meet with the study abroad adviser to identify study abroad programs of interest and once you fill out the Accommodation Request we can submit it to program providers to get information about accommodations available through that site.