Welcome, Orediggers!

We are committed to increasing campus accessibility and removing barriers by providing reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. Our office also processes vaccine exemption requests, assists faculty in accommodating students with temporary injuries, monitors physical and digital accessibility on campus, and co-operates the Testing Center.

To supplement the access granted by Disability Services, Montana Tech has a variety of services to help students succeed. Registered students with disabilities are eligible for TRIO Student Support Services programs, in addition to tutoring, veteran services, counseling, career services, and much more!

26% of Americans are disabled

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Disability advances innovation

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Accommodations boost academic performance

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Student F.A.Q.

We are located in the back of the Student Success Center (SSC). It's the new-ish gray building down the hill by the football field, across from the HPER/athletics. Once inside, look for signs for the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). There is a parking lot across the street with visitor parking, as well as a few spots in front of the building. Our hours are Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm, excluding holidays. View our campus map (PDF) to help find us.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. This includes anyone who has a record of such an impairment, even if she or he does not currently have a disability, and people who do not have a disability but are regarded as having one.

Common disabilities may include: severe anxiety, depression, ADHD/ADD, learning disabilities such as dyslexia or dyscalculia, and hearing, vision, or mobility impairments.

Generally, students reach out to Disability Services via phone or email. They speak with the Coordinator to go over their diagnosis, history, and access needs using the students preferred communciation method, though in-person meetings are strongly encouraged. Then, the student submits a New Student Application and Documentation. Once all the required materials are in, the Coordinator issues an Accommodation Letter to relevant faculty. Students are required to obtain a new letter each semester, and may do so by simply contacting Disability Services at the beginning of each semester.

Student disclosure of a disability is voluntary. Data is collected when applying for Disability Services for the purpose of reporting demographic information, but student identity remains anonymous. Montana Tech considers disability-related information as confidential material. The information will not be released except in response to a student’s request or written authorization to assist a student with an education-related issue, or as permitted under certain circumstances per legal guidelines. Faculty are sent an Accommodation Letter every semester, which informs them that a student in their class is registered with Disability Services and is permitted accommodations, but it does not give a diagnosis, or any other private information.

Complications from pregnancy may fall under Disability Services if it negatively affects a major life activity. Examples of such complications include pregnant women who were prescribed bed rest by physicians, or women who developed diabetes, mobility issues, high blood pressure, or depression while pregnant. Outside of complications, the rights of pregnant and parenting students (mothers, fathers, and same-sex partners) fall under Title IX.

Students who are injured while enrolled at Montana Tech, whether it be on or off campus, may be eligible for temporary accommodations. Such conditions include broken bones, concussions, or recovery from a major surgery. Students with temporary injuries are encouraged to contact their faculty first and inform them of the situation so that they may create a plan to make up missed work and attendance. Disability Services is happy to help support both students and faculty in this process as needed. For more information, see our policy on Temporary Injuries.

Yes! Commencement is held in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) building every May and December. Bleachers make up most of the seating arrangement, but we have folding chairs with backs set up along the side for guests who require more support. The bottom rows of bleachers are reserved for ADA seating as well. Guests may also find ADA parking spots in front of the building right next door to the HPER, the Student Success Center (SSC), in addition to the handicap spots in the Library parking lot across the street. All spots are first come, first serve.

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Student Resources
Need a diagnosis?

For those in Butte, we recommend contacting Mountain West Psychological Services, Western Montana Mental Health Center, We Care Behavioral Health, Aware, Inc., or Psychiatric Consultants, Inc. as a starting point. If you don't have insurance to cover medical appointments, we provides student health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Other organizations that may be helpful to you include Ability Montana, Disability Rights Montana, Montana Disability and Health Program, Rocky Mountain ADA CenterSouthwest Montana Aging and Disability Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Scholarship Opportunities

Students are encouraged to see our selection of general scholarships from Montana Tech's Financial Aid office. We may also be able to nominate a student with a 3.0 or above GPA who plans to start at Tech in a fall semester for the Teresa Haven Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Other financial opportunities for students may include: American Indian tuition waiverAward MontanaHelena CollegeMontana State UniversityReach Higher MontanaSenior Citizen tuition waiver, and the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE).

Assistive Technology

Montana Tech students have access to the text-to-speech program Read&Write, as well as textbooks converted to audio format via Bookshare and Access Text.

MonTECH can provide qualified students with disabilities a variety of assistive technologies for free or at a reduced cost. Additionally, interested parties can consider a loan from Rural Dynamics to purchase assistive technology, or visit Disabiility Rights Montana for help obtaining assistive technology.

College and Workforce Readiness

Did you know? Accroding to Forbes, people with disabilities bring unique problem-solving skills and a strong sense of loyalty to the workplace, as well as the posibility of reduced turnover and financial incentives for employers, and morale boosts for employees. Their success is due, in part, to their legal right to accommodations in the workplace.

The Pre-Employment Transition Services, or "Pre-ETS", from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services helps students make informed decisions on education and job choices, learn good habits, and get real work experience.

We're here for faculty and staff, too!

Faculty and staff play crucial roles in student education. Student needs are rapidly changing, and more students from historically underrepresented groups are going to college. That's why it's essential for faculty to create more accessible classrooms so that all students may learn from them, and that staff are equipped to support all kinds of students.

Faculty & advisors are crucial to student success

Campus life influences student persistence

Institute on Community Integration

Accessibility is a shared responsibility!

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Faculty and Staff F.A.Q.

They shouldn't. Accommodations are available to students with disabilities to "level the playing field" - NOT to give an unfair advantage or fundamentally alter essential parts of a course or program. If a faculty member believes an accommodation will fundamentally alter her or his course, please submit the Accommodation Dispute Form linked above.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that Tech, as a public entity, make all programs and services available to all students. This includes both on and off campus events and in and outside of the classroom, as well as providing access to visitors with disabilities who come to Tech events that are open to the public

Faculty and Staff Rights

  • You have the right to maintain the fundamental nature of your course
  • You have the right to request verification of a student’s eligibility for academic accommodations
  • You have the right to require students demonstrate their knowledge of crucial course content
  • You have the right to negotiate an accommodation with Disability Services if the accommodations seems unreasonable

Faculty and Staff Responsibilities

  • You are responsible for sharing information on how students can get accommodations. An accommodation statement should be included on every syllabus. I will be posting a sample accommodation statement on our webpage.
  • You are responsible for working with students with disabilities to make reasonable accommodations in a timely manner
  • You are responsible for maintaining confidentiality

Yes, so long as you are careful not to accommodate too much. If a student in your class has a disability or otherwise serious situation gonig on, feel free to grant time extensions or any other accommodations needed on your own, with or without an Accommodation Letter from us!

Absolutely! But please keep in mind that students must have a diagnosed disability to be eligible for accommodations from Disability Services. If a student in your class is struggling, consider sending her or him to Tutoring Services, TRIO Student Support Services (for students who are disabled, low income, and/or first generation), or the Executive Director of Student Success (for serious cases) first.

We're glad you asked! Check out the following PDFs for some easy steps faculty can take to making their courses more accessible to students.

As for events, the University of Montana has some helpful guidelines for creating and implementing accessible events on campus. The U.S. Department of Justice also gives an overview of ADA requirements for ticketed events.

You can send them to our Testing Center! Complete the Test Request Form at least 3 days in advance of the exam, send Disability Services the test, and we'll do the rest!

Disability Services and Accessibility Coordinator

Location: Student Success Center (SSC) 3.137
Phone: +1 406-496-4428
Fax: 406-496-4757