Disability and Access

“Disability is not a ‘brave struggle’ or
‘courage in the face of adversity’…disability is an art.
It’s an ingenious way to live.”

– Neil Marcus

Our Mission

Disability and Access recognizes and appreciates disability as an integral part of the campus experience. We are committed to providing equal access and opportunity to the curricular environment for all students. Through collaboration with the entire campus community, Disability and Access promotes disability pride, self-determination of the student, and universally accessible design principles so that everyone has full access to the St. Olaf experience.

Our Core Values

  • Human variation is natural and vital in the development of dynamic communities.
  • Disability is a social/political concept that includes people with a variety of conditions who share common experiences.
  • Inclusion and full participation are matters of social justice.
  • Design is powerful and profoundly influences our daily lives.
  • Universal design is essential for achieving inclusion and full participation.
  • Creating useable, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive environments is a shared responsibility of the entire community.

Contact Us!

Disability and Access is the office designated by St. Olaf College to:

  • maintain disability-related documents
  • certify eligibility for, determine, and provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities
  • provide advocacy for and academic coaching to students with disabilities
  • serve as a resource to faculty and staff on best practice course design for inclusive access

To be eligible for accommodations, students must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits at least one major life activity (for example walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning, or working).

All requests for accommodation, documentation, reports, and inquiries should be directed to:

Access Specialist
St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057-1098
TTY: 7-1-1 (MNRelay)

Guests requiring accommodations:

During the months of September through May, any guest on campus who may need special accommodations should contact the department sponsoring the event. From June through August, the Office of Conferences and Events manages such needs. Please make requests at least two weeks in advance of the event to:

Office of Conferences and Events
147 Buntrock Commons
Northfield, MN 55057-1098

Disability and Access Location:

Academic Support Center, Buntrock Commons, Suite 108
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057

Disability and Access Hours:

M-F: 8-5:00
or by Appointment

Access Specialists:

Nancy A. Cheeseman, MA, NCC, LPC
phone – 507-786-3788
fax – 507-786-3923

TTY: 7-1-1 (MNRelay)

Laura Knobel-Piehl
phone – 507-786-3966
fax – 507-786-3923

TTY: 7-1-1 (MNRelay)