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A New Perspective

A New Model of Disability

The new, inclusive Social Model
At UMD, we subscribe to the Social Model of disability. The Social Model:

  • Sees disability as one of multiple human differences.
  • Believes that disability can be a barrier when interacting with the environment or society.
  • Understands that accommodations remove these barriers, thus providing access to University classes and programs.
  • Recognizes that all of us - students, faculty, and staff - are responsible for lowering/removing barriers.

The Social Model empowers disabled students with independence and dignity. Accommodations remove the barriers- they are not "advantages" or "extra help". Students with disabilities must maintain the same standards as all students, with or without accommodations.

In DR, we strive to make the accommodation process easy and normal as possible, but we can't accommodate a student until we know the student is here and what they need. The student is always in the driver's seat. Only you can make it happen!


Grievance Process

If a student believes reasonable accommodations have not been provided in an effective or timely way, or if they believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of their disability, the following steps should be taken.
1. Discuss the situation with their disability specialist
2. If the situation is not resolved, the DR Director will be brought into the discussion.
3. If still not resolved, the student may consult with the ADA Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Legal Resources

Americans with disabilities have been legally protected from discrimination since the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 of this act and the ADA/ADAAA guide all college disability support offices, including the Office of Disability Resources at UMD.

Disability Law

Other Legal Resources

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