Disability Policy and Services Competency Training

Each MNLEND Fellow is required to invest 60 hours towards the development of their competency in understanding and navigating core disability policies, services and systems advocacy engagement. 

For MNLEND Fellows enrolled full-time in a graduate program at the University of Minnesota registration in the 3-credit Disability Policy and Services (OLPD 5356) during the spring or summer semester is REQUIRED. Details of the course are below. 

For MNLEND Fellows NOT enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota this requirement can be fulfilled through one of the following options:

  1. Enrollment as a continuing education (non-degree seeking) student in the Disability Policy and Services Certificate 12-credit program and registering with self-payment for the Disability Policy and Services course (OLPD 5356*) to receive graduate credit.
  2. Attend and participate in OLPD 5356* as an unregistered student with permission from the Instructor, Rebecca Dosch Brown, and then complete the course’s Policy Advocacy activity assignment only.
  3. Complete a Policy Advocacy activity assignment and also participate in a community-based learning experience (CBLE).
  4. Show documentation indicating either present or past participation in the “Partners in Policymaking” program sponsored by the MN Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.

The Disability Policy and Services Course (OLPD 5356) is offered through the University’s College of Education and Human Development in partnership with the Institute on Community Integration. It is a 3-credit graduate level course offered in the spring semester on Thursdays from 4:40-7:20 p.m. beginning in late January and concluding the first week of May. The course is also offered intensively from 8:30 - 12:00 noon during the summer semester as a two-week session in June. Enrollment in the Disability Policy and Services course ensures that each MNLEND Fellow will acquire a broad working knowledge of the state and national policies associated with disability systems and services through the introduction to: philosophical approaches and frameworks that guide the provision of services; the evolution of policies and services impacting children and adults with disabilities; and contemporary approaches in providing support to people with disabilities and their families across the lifespan.

 The OLPD 5356 course is also the mandatory core course required for the attainment of the interdisciplinary, post-baccalaureate Certificate in Disability Policy and Services available to all MNLEND fellows with a college degree to participate in. 

The Disability Policy and Services Certificate is recognized by the Regents of the University of Minnesota and will appear on a UMN transcript as a credential after it is completed. Rebecca Dosch Brown, dosch018@umn.edu, is the ICI Interdisciplinary Education Director and lead for the Disability Policy and Services (OLPD 5356) course and Certificate program. She is available to assist you in the enrollment in the Disability Policy and Services course and/or the Disability Policy and Services Certificate program.