Access Services

Student Information

Resources for Students

Student Responsibilities
  • Provide Access Services with documentation of their disability.
  • Keeping Access Services informed and providing updated documentation if their disability or symptoms change.
  • Requesting accommodations each term as far ahead of time as possible. Some accommodations cannot be effectively arranged if they are requested on short notice.
  • Following specific University procedures for obtaining and arranging reasonable accommodations and/or services (e.g. scheduling exams).
  • Communicating accommodations with faculty and staff members as needed.
  • Notifying Access Services right away if there are any concerns or difficulties with receiving accommodations.
Student Rights

Every qualified Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota student with a documented disability has the right to:

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities offered through the institution.
  • An equal opportunity to work and to learn.
  • Receive reasonable accommodations, appropriate academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.
  • Appropriate privacy of all information regarding their disability, except as disclosures are required or permitted by law.
  • Receive information in accessible formats.

Appeal a decision concerning academic adjustments, accommodations and/or services according to Saint Mary’s University SMUMN Grievance and Appeal Process

Testing For a Disability

This listing is intended to assist individuals in locating professionals who administer psycho-educational assessments. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list, nor does it imply recommendation or endorsement of the assessors listed. Fees and other information are subject to change.

Deborah Anderson Psy.D., L.P.
Anderson Psychological Services
15 Groveland Terrace, Suite 302
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Tel: (612) 374-2400
(LD and ADHD assessments, mental health recommendations and diagnosis and ADHD coaching.)

Norm Cohen, PhD
Courage Center
3915 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Tel: (763) 520-0496
(includes second-language learning)

Dorothy Edelson, Psy.D., L.P.
Hamlin Professional Building
570 Asbury Street, Suite 310
St. Paul, MN 55104
Tel: (651) 698-0396
or
North Psychology Clinic
5615 Brooklyn Blvd., Suite 105
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Tel: (763) 531-0566
(LD and ADHD assessments and counseling)

Fischler & Associates
Parkside Professional Center, Suite 604
825 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact Name: Dr. Sarff
Tel: (612) 333-3825
(neuropsychological assessment)

Barbara C. Fisher, PhD
59100 Mound Road
Washington Twp., MN 48094
Tel: (810) 677-1590
Fax: (810) 677-1591

Fraser Child and Family Center
3333 University Ave S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Tel: (612) 331-9413
Fax: (612) 728-5301
(offers neuropsychological testing)
*Only for children up to age 18*

Groves Academy
3200 Highway 100 South
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Contact Name: Ruth Luffey
Tel: (952) 920-6377
Fax: (952) 920-2068
(also offers tutoring)

Marilyn Henken, M.A., L.P.
5520 Loring Lane
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Tel: (763) 544-3084
(LD and ADHD assessments, cognitive retraining for memory and attention and counseling)

Alan P. Ingenito, M.D.
Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology
3833 Coon Rapids Boulevard Suite 100
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Tel: (763) 427-8320
(LD, ADHD and ASD assessments)
*Only for children and adolescents under 18

Learning and Language Specialists
Susan Storti, PhD, CCC, Jennifer Bennett, M.S., L.P.; Kris Robinson, Psy.D., L.P.
1405 North Lilac Drive, Suite 200
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Contact Name: Luann Graber
Tel: (763) 545-7708
Fax: (763) 545-3479
(offers neuropsychological testing and cognitive retraining)

Learning Disabilities Association
6100 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Tel: (952) 582-6000
Fax: (952) 582-6031.
(also offers tutoring and vocational counseling)

David Morris, PhD
6381C Osgood Avenue North
Stillwater, MN 55082
Tel: (651) 439-4040
Fax: (651) 439-7368

Francis Pasnecker, PhD, LP
Lakes Consultation Group
5851 Duluth Street, #115
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Tel: (763) 543-6971
Fax: (763) 543-6974
(Cognitive retraining and therapy)

Pediatric Consultation Specialists, PLLC
3300 Fernbrook Lane N, Suit 120

Plymouth, MN 55447

Tel: (763) 559-7050

(neuropsychological assessment)

Psychological Services
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics
345 N Smith Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Tel: (651) 220-6720
Fax: (651) 220-6707
(Neuropsychological Testing & Asperger’s)
*Only for children up to age 18*

Deborah Roman, PhD
University of Minnesota
Neuropsychology Lab
C-667 Mayo Memorial Building
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tel: (612) 624-1412
Fax: (612)-624-4458
(offers neuropsychological testing)

Janette M. Schaub, PhD, LP
7400 Metro Blvd.
Edina, MN 55439
Tel: 952-832-9094

Peter J. Somers, PhD
7225 Forestview Lane N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Tel: (763) 201-1090
Fax: (763) 201-1095
(Accepts some insurance)

University of Wisconsin–Stout
(715) 232-2404
Fee: $100 (testing by supervised practicum students)
These assessments may not be accepted by “high stakes” testing companies such as ETS which administers the Praxis exams for teachers.

Jeffrey R. Wozniak, PhD
Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
U of M, Fairview Medical Center
2450 Riverside Avenue, F275 / 2B West
Minneapolis, MN 55454-1495
Tel: (612) 273-8710
Fax: (612) 273-8727
*Only for children up to age 18

Psycho-educational Assessment for Learning Disabilities only

Barbara Mandel
Tel: (952)920-2236

Assessment for Attention Deficit Disorder only

Gary G. Johnson, PhD
Attention Deficit Disorder Diagnostic & Assessment Unit
Loring Family Clinic
430 Oak Grove, Suite 414
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Tel: (612) 872-9072 x209 (Minneapolis)
Tel: (612) 425.7793 (Maple Grove)

Steven Kozberg, Ph.D., L.P.
Center for Adult ADHD
3100 W. Lake Street, Suite 465
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Tel: (612) 928-0877
(ADHD assessment and counseling)

Stacy Hughes Anderson

Hughes Anderson Psychological Services- Learning Disability Assessment

1175 W. Howard St.

Winona, MN 55987

507-458-7925

Learning Disability/ADHD Assessments and Resources

The following are local resources for LDIADD assessments:

Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center
166 Main Street
Winona, MN 55987
507-454-4341
www.hvrnhc.org

The Reading Center
847 5th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
507-288-5271
www.thereadingcenter.org
Read@TheReadingCenter.org

Gundersen Lutheran
1900 South Avenue
La Crosse, WI 54601
608-782-7300
www.gundersenclinic.com

Mayo Clinic
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
507-266-5100
www.rnayoclinic.com

Another option would be to contact a provider in your home area. We suggest that you contact your insurance company before scheduling the evaluation.

Ask if educational testing for a learning disability, ADD, or ADHD is covered.

If you do not have insurance coverage, you may want to look into the Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center. Learning disability diagnoses are approximately $1,000. They require $500 down and then can set up a payment plan for the rest. They do accept MinnesotaCare, which covers all of the costs. If you do not have insurance, they can refer you to Social Services to see if you qualify for Minnesota Care.

You may also wish to contact Rehabilitation Services or the Work Force Center in your county. In Winona, the phone number is 507-453-2941.

Once you submit documentation of a disability to our office, you may be eligible for academic accommodations. Please send or bring a copy of your documentation to the Student Success Center in 70 Griffin Hall.

Steps to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 if You Are Sick

Please read the CDC’s updated steps to care for yourself and help protect others in your home and community.

 

National Disability COVID-19 Healthcare Support and Advocacy Hotline

Announcing the National Disability COVID-19 Healthcare Support and Advocacy Hotline

Call 800-626-4959  Available 24/7

Call via Voice or Relay if you are disabled and need COVID-19-related medical advocacy or other support.

A project of the Disability Underground, a newly formed group of activists, in collaboration with The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.

For more information:
Contact Disability Underground contact@disabilityunderground.org

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies http://www.disasterstrategies.org/

 

Useful Tools and Resources for Online Learning
Google Education: Tools for People with Disabilities During Distance Learning

Although the resource mentions these tools are for children, all individuals can utilize the Google Education Tools for Distance Learning. Please check it out here.

Helpful Articles for Mental Health During COVID-19

ALLY (Accessibility Tool)  

The Ally Accessibility tool is available in Canvas! This allows students to view content in alternative formats to best suit their learning styles and modalities.   

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Panopto   

Students and Panopto

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The Immersive Read

  • The Immersive Reader enhances your reading experience by improving accessibility and boosting reading comprehension.
  • You can manage text, grammar, and reading preferences using the toolbar. You can hear the page text read aloud and adjust various audio settings. Additionally there are translation and definition services available as well.

  • Standard EBooks : Standard EBooks is a volunteer-driven project that produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly formatted, open source, free of copyright restrictions, and free of cost! 

Videos to help with Google Read & Write

Saint Mary’s University of MN Licenses Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor 

These applications are used to deter cheating during online examinations.

LockDown Browser prevents students from printing, copying, going to different URLs or accessing other applications during an online exam. It’s ideal for use in testing centers and proctored environments.

Respondus Monitor enhances LockDown Browser by using a student’s webcam to record the assessment session. This enables online exams to be taken in non-proctored environments and deters students from accessing other resources during an exam (such as a phone, a second computer, etc.). It also ensures the right student is taking the exam, and that the student isn’t getting help from others.

You may find the following resource helpful in getting started:

Overview video

Using Google Read & Write with Respondus Lockdown Browser 

Check out our step-by-step tutorial on how to utilize Google Read&Write through Respondus Lockdown

Live Caption in Google Chrome

Google chrome has a helpful feature to support any hearing impaired person relying on technology because of covid. It is very simple to turn on. Please follow the steps provided HERE or watch this short tutorial video. 

Snapverter

Snapverter is an add-on tool for Google Read & Write that will convert inaccessible digital files into a PDF format. This allows for sharing and reading aloud in Google Drive. A video describing how to use Snapverter 

Stanford Neurodiversity Job Fair/Reverse Job Fair Opportunity!

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Mayo Clinic Virtual Career Fair Opportunity (Click here)!

September 30, 2021
3pm to 7pm CST

Click here to register!

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Total and Permanent Disability Discharge and Student Loan Forgiveness

See this link for information on Total and Permanent Disability Discharge and Student loan Forgiveness

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Scholarship Opportunities!

Follow this link to see a list of scholarship opportunities!

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The National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota:

There are still almost two weeks to apply for scholarships with the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota. Our deadline for applications is April 15. Legally blind postsecondary students attending school full-time in Minnesota are encouraged to apply. Two scholarships of $2,000 and $1,500 will be awarded at our state convention in Bloomington during the weekend of November 5-7, and your expenses will be paid to attend that convention. In addition, scholarship winners will have the opportunity to attend our national virtual convention on July 6-10. The application for our scholarship and all pertinent information and an on-line application can be found here

Please note that our state convention was “virtual” last year, so a decision will be made about the actual location of our state convention closer to the scheduled date.

A Microsoft Word version of the application is also attached to this note. If you use the attached Microsoft Word form, send it with the required documents to Scholarships@nfbmn.org. If it is necessary to submit the application on paper, use the mailing address supplied with the application in the attached document.

For questions about the application process, please contact the Scholarship Committee at Scholarships@nfbmn.org or call our office at 612-872-9363.

*** A Note from our national office: Thirty scholarships will be awarded by the National Federation of the Blind, but this year’s deadline has past. Keep our national scholarships in mind for next year.

Best regards,

NFB of Minnesota Scholarship Committee

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General Disability Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships4Students

Empower Scholarship/ Allina Health

Disability Scholarship

AAHD Scholarship Program

Autism/Asperger’s Scholarships

Organization for Autism Research

AHEADD: Achieving in Higher Education

Learning Disabilities

Scholarships will be updated as needed.

Blind or Visually Impaired

National Federation of the Blind

Lighthouse Guild

Hearing Impaired

Travelers Protective Association

Limited Mobility

1800 Wheelchair

1800 Wheelchair Scholarship Information Sign Up

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Study Abroad

Students with disabilities participate in study abroad programs and international experiences around the world. Just as cultures differ, so does the degree of access and readily available disability services in the many countries and communities a student might consider for his/her study abroad or international experience. There are many study abroad programs and international experiences in which students with disabilities have successfully participated however, not every such program or experience is a good fit from an accessibility perspective.

The key to a successful experience is planning. To maximize the opportunity to travel abroad and study internationally, it is essential that students allocate a minimum of six months (preferably up to one year) in advance of their travel to plan for accommodations, regardless of the type of disability.

Students must work with the Director of Access Services, the Director of Health Services, if appropriate or needed, the Study Abroad Office, and any host program/institution. Please note that all requests for services and accommodations must be supported by the documentation on file and be reasonable and appropriate within the limits set forth by state and federal law and university procedure. The university will make efforts to assist students with finding reasonable accommodations to participate in the program. The accommodations cannot fundamentally alter the nature of a course or program of study or present an undue hardship for either the university or any host institution.

Although many countries are becoming more aware of the needs of people with disabilities, not all countries have similar laws and accessible infrastructure/services. Consequently, requests which may be reasonable in a domestic context may not fall into that category in the international context in light of available resources.

Helpful Links

Difference Between High School and College-Level Disability Services Guide

Learning Ally’s College Success Program

As a college student, you share many experiences with your sighted peers, but others are unique to you and your blindness or low vision.  Learning Ally’s College Success Program gives you the tools and suppot you need to thrive during college and beyond!

Guide to Online College with a Learning Disability

Live Caption in Google Chrome

Google chrome has a helpful feature to support any hearing impaired person relying on technology because of covid. It is very simple to turn on. Please follow the steps provided HERE or watch this short tutorial video

Tools for Life-App

Check out this unique site that offers apps for people in a variety of different areas ranging from organization, mental health, vision, and more!

Apps, Articles and Youtube Channels for Ambiance During Studying/Blocking Social Media

Useful Apps:

  • Coffitivity (web, iOS, Android)
  • Rain Rain Sounds (iOS)
  • Naturespace (iOS, Android)

Utilize Youtube for free access to additional sounds:

Social Media Blockers for Distraction-free Studying:

Additional Links for Your Success:

Free Online Mental Health Support Groups for Individuals and Families

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a variety of free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, their families, friends, spouses/partners, as well as parents of children and teens. African-American, GLBTQ and BIPOC community focused groups are also offered. Led by trained peer facilitators, the support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. Find a complete listing of group meetings and how to join in by going to namimn.org and clicking on “Support Groups” or go straight to https://namimn.org/support/nami-minnesota-support-groups/.

Free Counseling Services available via Phone or Computer

  • FREE, anonymous, no-appointment couseling available!
  • Stress, Anxiety, Anger Issues, and Relationship Problems
  • Access care here!

Finals Survival Tools

Your Happiness Calendar for May 2021

  • Our monthly Happiness Calendar is a day-by-day guide to well-being. This month, we hope it helps you take care of your mental and physical health..

Join in NAMI Minnesota’s Free Online Mental Health Classes

  • NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has set up a wide variety of free online mental health classes for May and June. They include classes such as Hope for Recovery, Transitions, Ending the Silence, Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families, In Our Own Voice, Family to Family, Positive Psychology, Creating Caring Communities, a suicide prevention class called QPR – Question, Persuade and Refer, a special QPR class for Agricultural Communities and many more.
  • The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers, and also the general public. Find a complete listing of these classes and how to join in by going to namimn.org and clicking on “Classes” or go straight to https://namimn.org/education-public-awareness/classes/scheduled/.