Accessibility

SEE ALSO: Braille  Laws and legislation  Assistive technology 

Accessibility
Disability, State Council  
Accessibility and accommodation for physical facilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Disability, State Council  
ADA guidelines for accessibility.

Assistive Technology Manual
Employment and Economic Development Department   Workforce Center System  
Universal design requires that services and systems be equitable and flexible in use in order to accommodate a wide range of physical, perceptual, and cognitive abilities as well as diverse communication and cultural needs.

Building Codes: Accessibility
Labor and Industry Department  
The Division of Building Codes, with the Department of Labor and Industry, is responsible for Minnesota's building codes and standards, including building accessibility.

Communication Center, State Services for the Blind
Blind State Services  
The Communication Center, part of State Services for the Blind, provides blind, visually impaired, learning disabled and physically disabled individuals with access to print materials to meet their educational, vocational, self-sufficiency and recreational needs.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Laws, Legal Resources, Advocacy
Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, Commission of   Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division  
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division within the Minnesota Department of Human Services, as well as the Minnesota Commission Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, offer information and links to legal resources and advocacy.

Directory of Funding Resources for Assistive Technology in Minnesota
STAR Program  
This directory, produced by the Minnesota STAR Program, identifies statewide and national resources that provide funding for or loans of assistive technology.

Disability Services - U of M Crookston

UMC's Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) promotes and ensures program and physical access for students with documented disabilities. OSD also helps University Personnel meet their obligations under state and federal statutes.

Disability Services - U of M Morris

The Disability Services Office provides support for students, faculty and staff with physical, mental or cognitive disabilities. It is the office responsible for determining reasonable accommodations according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and for maintaining confidential records documenting disabilities.

Minnesota Department of Transportation and the ADA
Transportation Department  
Your rights to access and how it applies to the Minnesota Department of Transportation

Minnesota Relay
Commerce Department  
Minnesota Relay provides telecommunications access for Minnesotans who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, deafblind, or mobility impaired. With the use of specially trained communication assistants (CAs) and specialized equipment, Minnesotans who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech disabled can communicate with users of standard telephones. Either party can initiate calls through Minnesota Relay.

Open the Outdoors
Natural Resources Department  
Minnesota is known for its tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities. Since 1972, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been updating its facilities and programs to meet state and federal accessibility standards, opening the outdoors to people with disabilities.

Radio Talking Book
Blind State Services  
The purpose of the Radio Talking Book is to provide current newspapers, magazines and the latest best selling books at the same time that they are available to the print reading public. Materials chosen reflect the broad spectrum of interests and information currently available to all consumers. The Radio Talking Book provides these materials in an unabridged form. Programs are heard on closed-circuit radio receivers loaned, free of charge, to eligible listeners.

Special Needs Access to the Legislature
Legislature  
The Minnesota Legislature is committed to complying with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and supports the goal that individuals with disabilities shall not be excluded from participating in or be denied the benefits of any program, service, or activity offered by the Legislature.

STAR Program
Administration Department   STAR Program  
A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) is located within the Minnesota Department of Administration. STAR's mission is to help ALL MINNESOTANS with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play.

State Council on Disability
Disability, State Council  
The Minnesota State Council on Disability advises, provides technical assistance, collaborates and advocates to expand opportunities, improve the quality of life, and empower all persons with disabilities.

Students with Disabilities: College Services
Colleges and Universities, Minnesota State  
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) values diversity in its college and university communities and is committed to ensuring equal access and opportunity to qualified students with physical, learning or psychological disabilities. Buildings are accessible and a wide variety of accommodations are available to help students with disabilities succeed. To request accommodations, contact the disability coordinator at the college or university you wish to attend.

Telephone Equipment Distribution Program
Human Services Department  
The Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, speech impaired or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use the phone. The equipment is loaned out at no cost as a long-term loan.

Telephone Service Discount Programs
Public Utilities Commission  
Minnesota local service providers are authorized to provide discount programs designed to promote universal service by providing low-income individuals with new telephone service installations and monthly telephone service discounts. Additional programs are available for qualifying persons on a reservation.

Visitability Rquirements
Housing Finance Agency  
Visitability is defined as designs that allow persons with mobility impairments to enter and stay, but not live, in a residence. There are three specific design elements that must be incorporated in a dwelling to satisfy the state visitability requirement.