UM Program Helps High School Students With Disabilities Consider College

February 12, 2019

MISSOULA – A program based at the University of Montana helps high school students with disabilities experience college life, learn about disability rights, and connect with academic and community resources.

As part of Movin’ On in Montana Summer Program, set for July 9-12 at UM, potential students will stay in residence halls, eat on campus, sample college lectures, participate in workshops, interact with college students of all abilities and explore Missoula recreational activities.

“Since 2015, over 65 high school students from across Montana have attended our Movin’ On in Montana Summer Program,” said Suzy Bertsche, the program coordinator. “Students say the program opens their eyes to the en  dless possibilities that college has to offer. They learn that college is so much more than classes – there are groups and activities and tremendous opportunities as they earn a valuable education.”

UM also offers a Movin’ On in Montana Club, which gives students more opportunities to explore life after high school. Open to all Montana high school students with disabilities, the club currently is accepting students.

Bertsche said students connect with UM student mentors through online educational activities to develop self-advocacy and leadership skills while learning about the differences between high school and college life.

Movin’ On in Montana is a collaborative effort of the UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities and UM Disability Services for Students. It is partly funded by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

For more information about Movin’ On in Montana, visit


Contact: Suzy Bertsche, Movin’ On in Montana coordinator, 406-243-2664,