UM Students With Disabilities Test Olympus Products, Offer Feedback

May 08, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Disability Services for Students recently assisted Olympus Corporation in evaluating its digital-voice recorders in order to improve the quality and usability of their products.

Nineteen UM students with disabilities participated in the evaluation and gave feedback to company representatives who visited UM April 21-22.    

Olympus Corporation is a Japan-based manufacturer of precision products such as endoscopes, digital cameras and voice recorders. Olympus provided UM’s DSS several models of their digital-voice recorders to be used and evaluated.

“I am so excited that I was able to try a recorder that is not yet released in the United States,” said Kelly Lunstad, one of the student evaluators. “Over the last three weeks, I used an Olympus recorder to record lectures as a modification and then downloaded it to my computer. I could easily edit, bookmark and delete a part of the recordings. This technology has helped me so much with accuracy of recalling lectures.”

The students’ feedback will be used by the Olympus Corporation to improve the usability of their products and to attain their goal of access through technology.

“We are proud of our partnership with Olympus,” said Amy Capolupo, director of UM’s DSS. “This partnership has helped our students achieve skills in the areas of global communication, product innovation and personal development.”   

For more information about the collaboration, call Capolupo at 406-243-2243. 

Contact: Mika Watanabe, Disability Services for Students coordinator, 406-243-6535, mika.watanabe@umontana.edu.