Disability Services

Mesabi Range College has a strong commitment to providing equal access for students with disabilities, and fully complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It is our policy to provide accessible programs, services, activities and reasonable accommodations for all students with disabilities.

Each campus provides services to people with disabilities through which reasonable accommodations are coordinated. Program staff will work with each student individually to ensure they receive equal opportunity to pursue their education. It is the responsibility of the student to seek available assistance and to make their needs known.

If you have any questions regarding disability services or reasonable accommodations, contact the Disability Services Office on your campus.

Who is Eligible?

An individual with a disability is defined as any person who:

  • Any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more so such person's major life activities (walking, talking, breathing, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, see, hearing, learning, etc.)
  • Any person who has a record of such impairment which means that a person has a history of, or has been classified as having a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Any person who is regarded as having such impairment which means:

    has a physical or mental impairment that may not substantially limit major life activities, but that is treated by others as constituting such a limitation;
    has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities only as a result of the attitudes of others toward such an impairment;
    has no impairment, but is treated by others as having an impairment

Categories of Disabilities

Blindness or visual impairment
Cerebral palsy
Arthritis
Cancer
Cardiac diseases
Chronic illness
ADHD/ADD
AIDS
Diabetes
Mobility
Multiple sclerosis

Muscular dystrophy
Psychiatric and emotional disorders
Deafness or hard of hearing
Drug or alcohol addiction
(former users and those in recovery
programs and are not current users)
Epilepsy or seizure disorders
Orthopedic handicap
Specific learning disability
Spinal cord or traumatic brain injury
Speech disorder

Services Offered

[Partial list. Services are individualized based on student need and instructor/student/ODS staff consultation]

Transition assistance from high school and community to college
Assistive devices
Early syllabus availability
Course selection and program advising
Peer tutoring
Priority registration
Advocacy
Counseling
Academic assistance
Referral
Interpreters

Note taking (volunteer note taking in classes; work study note takers)
Alternative testing (extended test time; alternative test area; individually read tests)
Taped texts (through RFBD; through ODS office)
Support services
Student support for coping in college
Orientation to buildings
MRCTC campus map
Faculty collaboration (concerning accommodation of disabilities in the classroom, lab, testing situations, etc.; disability awareness information for faculty and staff)

How to Request Disability Services

1. Request accommodations from the Disability Services Director
2. New students should make an appointment with the Disability Services Director to talk about individual needs
3. Provide documentation of your disability from an appropriate source
4. Request accommodations each term and work with the Disability Services Director in implementing accommodations
5. Communicate and keep the Disability Services Director informed of your progress and report any service needs

Reference Guide for students with disabilities

Faculty Guide for classroom strategies

Outside Resources

The following is a partial list of agenices that serve people with disabilities. These agencies may provide a variety of services, such as useful information, advocacy, funding, career assistance, and academic assistance. For more information on how agencies can assist students with disabilities, contact the Disability Services Office on your campus.

ADA Minnesota
Technical assistance on ADA compliance, training for businesses and individuals

Association on Higher Education and Disability
Organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for individuals with disabilities

Careers.org
Career research and job hunting, includes disability issues

Center for Applied Special Technology
Information on universal design for learning

Job Accommodations Network
Information on job accommodations, ADA, and employability

Minnesota Department of Human Rights
All human rights issues in Minnesota

Minnesota Life College
2-4 year post-secondary life skills training for young adults with learning disabilities

Minnesota State Council on Disability
Information on quality of life and empowerment for individuals with disabilities

Minnesota Workforce Centers/Rehabilitation Services
Information on rehabilitation services for Minnesotans with disabilities

Minnesota Workforce Centers/State Services for the Blind
Services for Minnesotans who are blind or visually impaired

Paratransit Service
Door-through-door public transportation for people with disabilities in Twin Cities area

The Post-secondary Education Programs Network
Regional centers for issues regarding education and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing

ReadPlease
Free downloadable text-to-speech software

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
Source for taped textbooks

Social Security Online
All social security issues

WorkSupport.Com
Information, resources and research about work and disability

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