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Sep21, 2021

FY22 Priorities and Objectives Draft for Comment

By |September 21st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

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Disability Rights Montana, Montana’s protection and advocacy system, is developing its priorities and objectives for the upcoming 2022 fiscal year that starts October 1, 2021. We depend on people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and the public to tell us what disability issues are most important. Please review the draft of our 2022 Priorities and Objectives and provide comments via or by calling 1-406-449-2344.

2022 Priorities and Objectives Draft

Sep13, 2021

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda – September 24, 2021

By |September 13th, 2021|Categories: Board of Directors|

Board of Directors Meeting
September 24, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. Call to Order
Notice of Meeting
Conflict of Interest Check
Approval of Minutes
Donna Gleaves
9:15 a.m. Executive Committee Report
Donna Gleaves
9:30 a.m. Legislative / Government Affairs Committee Report
Joel Peden
9:45 a.m. PAIMI Report
Kathie Waters, PAIMI Advisory Council Vice Chair
10:00 a.m. Governance Committee Report
Bylaws Update
Kathie Waters
10:15 a.m. Fundraising Committee Report
Will Warberg
10:30 a.m. Finance / Audit Committee Report
Board Training: a deep dive into the financials
Financial report through 8.31.2021
FY22 Budget
Tami Hoar and Kelli Kaufman
11:45 a.m. Mission Moment
Ally Seneczko and Christa Gabriel
12:00 p.m. Lunch with Staff
1:15 p.m. Executive Director Report
Priorities and Objectives
Staff update
Grievance Report
Liability and Officers and Directors Insurance
Director of Finance search
Strategic Plan Planning
Bernadette Franks-Ongoy
2:30 p.m. Executive Session
3:15 p.m. Public Comments / Announcements / Planning for next meeting
3:30 p.m. Adjourn Meeting
Sep8, 2021

Masking in Schools

By |September 8th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

At Disability Rights Montana, we work to protect every student’s right to safely access in-person education with their peers. Without masking in schools, many students with disabilities, and especially those with medical conditions putting them at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, are having to choose between their health and safety, and their education. Efforts to prevent masking in schools are putting children with disabilities at risk and preventing them from equally participating in their education.

The Office for Civil Rights is investigating states where governments have banned public schools from requiring students to wear masks. The bans on mask requirements, according to the OCR, may be preventing school districts from meeting the individual needs of students with disabilities or otherwise allowing discrimination based on disability, in violation of the law.[1]

If your child cannot wear a mask because of their disability, they have a right to an accommodation or modification of the school’s mask policies. You can request an accommodation from the School District for your child. We’ve provided a mask-specific request for reasonable accommodation form letter to help you with your request. If you feel your child has been discriminated against on the basis of their disability, please contact the Office for Civil Rights to file a complaint.

[1] Dear Superintendent Spearman, United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Re: OCR Docket #11-21-8901, Aug. 30, 2021.

Sep8, 2021

FY 2022 Priorities and Objectives Survey

By |September 8th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Disability Rights Montana is developing its priorities and objectives for the upcoming 2022 fiscal year that starts October 1, 2021. We depend on people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and the public to tell us what disability issues are most important. This survey is one way for us to gather information. Please help us by clicking the link below and answering the questions in the survey. All questions are optional. Answer the questions that are important to you. You must click the Submit button at the end of this survey in order for us to receive your input.

We need your comments by Monday, September 20, 2021.

FY22 Priorities and Objectives Survey

If you want to give us comments by phone or request accommodations, please call 1-800-245-4743.

Aug13, 2021

Rural Institute 2021 Community Investment Fund

By |August 13th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Rural Institute logo. Includes additional text, "Inclusive Communities".

The University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities has announced their 2021 Community Investment Fund!

Up to $3,000 is available for innovative projects or programs that will help people with disabilities live, learn, work and play in their communities alongside people without disabilities.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any Montana organization, agency, non-profit group or individual* with a creative idea developed by/with people with disabilities to promote community inclusion for Montanans with disabilities.

Application deadline: September 1, 2021

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by October 31, 2021. Successful applicants need to spend their Community Investment Funds by April 15, 2022.

For an application and/or more information:

*See application for details about eligibility requirements.

Jul21, 2021

PAIMI Advisory Council Opening

By |July 21st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Disability Rights Montana is seeking a volunteer attorney to serve on its Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Advisory Council (PAIMI Council). The PAIMI Council advises DRM on its priority and objectives in carrying out its responsibilities.

The PAIMI Council is comprised of mental health providers, individuals with mental illness and family members of people with mental ill.  The council meets four times a year. Please contact Bernie for more information at (406) 449-2344 or email at

Click here to learn more about DRM

Click here for the application to apply

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