Each MN LEND fellow enrolled full-time in a graduate program at the University of Minnesota is required to register and complete the three-credit Disability Policy and Services course (OLPD 5356) offered in the spring semester on Thursdays from 4:40 p.m. - 7:20 p.m. or in the summer semester as an intensive two-week session.

Participation in the course provides fellows with 52-hours of training towards their LEND program requirements associated with developing competency in public policy and systems advocacy. 

The course provides a broad overview of state and national policies associated with disability systems and services and introduces students to -- 

  • societal frameworks and philosophical approaches that guide the provision of services
  • the evolution of policies and services affecting people with disabilities
  • contemporary approaches to providing support for people with disabilities across the lifespan

MN LEND Fellows not enrolled as full-time students at UMN (e.g. Community or Post Doctoral fellows) may also enroll in the course, but if obstacles exist to participating as a registered student, attaining policy and advocacy training hours through LEND-sponsored (or approved) thematic modules will be required.

Optional: The Disability Policy & Services Graduate Certificate

The Disability Policy and Services (OLPD 5356) course represents three of the twelve tuition credits required to earn the Disability Policy and Services Certificate awarded through the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development.

This Certificate is a recognized by the Regents of the University of Minnesota and when requirements are fulfilled, it will appear on a student’s transcript as an additional credential to their earned degree. 

More information about earning the certificate can be found on the Disability Policy and Services Certificate website or by consulting with Beth Fondell, Certificate Coordinator at fond0030@umn.edu.