Access Partners at the University of Montana “is an alliance 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.” During the new group’s first meeting, accessibility leaders at UM provided information on resources, trainings and technical assistance offered by various departments. For example, UM’s IT department, offers a series of trainings on the creation of accessible documents. These trainings are free and designed to easily fit into faculty and staff schedules.
In addition to the Short Courses, presenters at the Access Partners’ meeting showcased the Accessibility page on UM’s website which offers self-tutorials on document and website accessibility as well as links to other helpful resources such as a map highlighting the locations of accessible parking and entrances on campus. Presenters also described the new accessibility features withing Moodle, the UM’s online education platform, as well as the trainings available to faculty who use it.
Access Partners will continue to provide information on accessibility on the UM campus and plans to expand the access discussion to meet the specific needs and requests of faculty and staff. To get involved or to find out how to get the conversation started on your campus, visit the Accessibility website to learn more.