What do we offer?
Disability Rights Montana provides information and referral, individual advocacy, legal representation, outreach and training, and systems advocacy.
We have broad statutory powers to safeguard the rights of people with disabilities. Disability Rights Montana clients make their own decisions. We work to promote self-determination, personal autonomy, and self-advocacy.
We advise and present options to clients in order to assist them in making their own informed choices.
Every year the Board of Directors adopts priorities for the work to be done during that fiscal year. For Fiscal Year 2012, which runs from October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012, the Board adopted six priorities in the areas of Information and Referral; Community Services; Discrimination, Employment, Benefits, and Access; Institutional Services; Outreach and Training; Policy; and Civil Rights.
Request for Services Priorities Brochure
The types of services we provide are:
Information and referral
We provide information regarding the rights of people with disabilities and provide suggestions on how to handle their situation. We offer referrals to other organizations or programs when we are not able to resolve their concerns.
We can negotiate on an individual’s behalf to resolve problems such as denial of services, discrimination, abuse and neglect, or support their own self-advocacy efforts.
We provide legal representation to people and groups who are eligible for our services if their issues fall within our program area priorities. Our legal staff may also give technical assistance to private attorneys working on disability issues.
Outreach and training
We educate others across the state about the legal rights of people with disabilities through presentations to groups and organizations, participation on committees and task forces, technical assistance and educational booklets. Our staff is experienced in many disability-related areas ranging from the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA), the Montanan Human Rights Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Olmstead Decision, to self-advocacy training and disability awareness and etiquette.
In collaboration with others, we work for systemic changes that affect people with disabilities, in order to improve their quality of life.
What we don’t do
Disability Rights Montana does not provide assistance in such matters as personal injury, divorce, child custody, will drafting, estate planning or criminal representation.