Disability services for students at colleges and universities across the country are gearing up for the new school year. Before you head off to school, check out the services your school provides to make sure you’re prepared for success.
At the University of Montana, Disability Services for Students provides a wide variety of services including translation of texts into alternate formats such as audio and Braille, as well as video captioning and exam modifications for student testing. They also provide training on assistive technology such as screen reading programs and audio voice over.
In addition to assisting students, Disability Services for Students can consult with professors who need technical support in making sure course materials, class work and testing are accessible to all students. Even when developing materials using standard software, it’s important to check materials for compatibility with JAWS or other screen readers and other assitstive technologies.
For more information about access to education, the Americans with Disability Act site provides publications and information about the importance of compliance with the Act and the Civil Rights of people with disabilities. This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA but there is still much work to be done to ensure people with disabilities have full access to education, employment and opportunities for community participation.