UM Launches New Alliance to Support Accessibility on Campus

September 17, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will launch a new alliance this fall called Access Partners that will provide faculty and staff a new opportunity to promote accessibility to the UM community.

Access Partners is an alliance that aims to promote a campus environment that goes above and beyond disability compliance. It also promotes an inclusive campus community that welcomes all individuals and brings together faculty, staff and students to create a more positive and innovative UM experience for all people.

UM Disability Services for Students and Human Resource Services Training and Development will hold a workshop for Access Partners participants from 2:10 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Payne Family Native American Center Room 201. The workshop will provide information on campus resources for faculty and staff to improve accessibility and will address how the workshop participants will become Access Partners.  

Topics of the workshop will include Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility compliance, how Accessibility Technology Services and UMOnline assist with accessible electronic information, how UM employees can request reasonable accommodations for their work, support and services DSS offers to faculty members who work with students with disabilities, and the role the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and the Americans with Disabilities Act Team play in providing accessibility.

More information on Access Partners and the workshop registration can be found online at http://www.umt.edu/accessibility/accesspartners.php

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