Bernadine Gantert describes how a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in the 1970s changed her life and led to her involvement in Alliance for Disability and Students at the University of Montana [ADSUM] and Disability Student Services [DSS] at the University. She talks about the challenges she faced as a person with a disability trying to find a job, attend classes, and complete homework assignments as well as the scrutiny and discrimination she faced from professors. Gantert recalls the work of DSS and ADSUM to advocate for better accommodations for University of Montana students with disabilities. She describes the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] and how her knowledge of the act led to jobs at the Montana Job Service, Montana Fair Housing and DSS consulting on disability-related matters. Gantert concludes by talking about the challenges that University of Montana students with disabilities still face in 2015, how DSS continues to advocate for change, and the importance of not forgetting the ADA and remembering that there are still barriers that need to be removed.
Disability Student Services, University of Montana, Missoula; Students with disabilities; Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA]; Alliance for Disability and Students at the University of Montana [ADSUM]; Persons with disabilities
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Gantert, Bernadine, "Bernadine Gantert Interview, February 12, 2015" (2015). University of Montana History Oral History Collection. 7.