UMN Members Advocate for Disability Training

Publication date: 
November 27, 2018

The Minnesota Daily quoted ICI's David R. Johnson in an article about University of Minnesota members advocating for mandatory training for campus employees on disability issues. The article notes that the University’s Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) provides accessibility measures, like testing accommodations and technology resources, for people with disabilities. But, according to Johnson, "The DRC is currently well over capacity in terms of what they can handle and manage. One of the solutions to that certainly is to try to equip faculty and staff with a broader understanding of how to support these students in their coursework.”

Johnson formerly sat on the University's Disabilities Issues Committee, which is proposing training for faculty and staff on accommodating and supporting students with disabilities — measures that would be required for all campus employees who work directly with students.