UM to Launch New System for Students with Disabilities to Request Services, Modifications

August 10, 2015

MISSOULA – Disability Services for Students at the University of Montana will fully implement and launch a new web-based database and communication system for students with disabilities at the beginning of spring semester 2016.

The program, Accommodate, will allow UM students who are registered with DSS to view the real-time availability of their coordinators and make appointments online using their Net IDs. Accommodate also will allow students to access their documentation and modification information 24 hours a day, and help faculty securely deliver exams to DSS for students who require testing modifications. The system is compliant with UM’s Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Policy. 

“Collaborating with Student Affairs IT, the VETS Office and the Banner team, we spent most of last year purchasing, customizing and implementing Accommodate,” said Amy Capolupo, DSS director. “Thanks to campus support and the student computer fee, we can roll out a full implementation of the system much sooner than originally anticipated.”

Originally funded by the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education as part of the Veterans Success initiative, Accommodate is now supported through UM’s student computer fee.

DSS currently is completing a final review of the system, and a group of students with disabilities and faculty members will test it this fall. Testers will receive information and training sessions as well as technical assistance from DSS.

For more information call Capolupo at 406-243-2243 or email amy.capolupo@umontana.edu. More details on Accommodate are available online at https://www.symplicity.com/products/accommodate.html

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