Office for Disability Equity

Office for Disability Equity

Referring Students to us

Faculty and staff are encouraged to refer students, who may meet the definition of a disability or may have an undiagnosed disability, to us. Please advise students to reach out to us. Students can schedule an initial meeting by online, email, or phone. Learn more about students connecting with us.

The Office for Disability Equity does not offer disability evaluation. However, we provide a list of practitioners in the Missoula area so that students can seek documentation of a disability.

What is a disability?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act define a disability as a physical or mental condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities. These civil rights laws protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination. The ADA and Section 504 protections also extend to students who have a record of, or are regarded as having such an impairment.

Below is a partial list of disabilities typically identified by students:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Blindness and Visual Impairments
  • Chronic Health Impairments
  • Communication Impairments
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mobility Impairments
  • Psychiatric Disabilities (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.)
  • Temporary Impairments such as broken limbs
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries