Recent News and Current Events

Recent News and Current Events2021-06-18T10:15:18-06:00
Dec21, 2021

Holiday Closure

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

Our office will be closed from December 24, 2021 through January 2, 2022. We will respond to emails when we return.

If this is an emergency, please call the office directly (or via relay) at the numbers below and leave a voicemail on the general voicemail box (someone will be checking this for emergencies):

Voice/TDD: (406) 449-2344
Toll free: 1-800-245-4743

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Nov15, 2021

Employment Opportunity – Paralegal

By |November 15th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Disability Rights Montana is a private non-profit civil rights organization whose mission is to protect and advocate for the rights of Montanans with disabilities. Disability Rights Montana seeks to hire an experienced Paralegal. The Paralegal works under the supervision of the Attorney Work Group to support and assist staff attorneys to carry out the legal priorities, objectives, and casework of the agency.

Applicant must be self-motivated, have the ability to problem solve through research, demonstrate proficient writing skills, have fluent computer knowledge, and be able to communicate effectively with people with disabilities, family members, and providers.

Applicant must also be familiar with Federal and Montana Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal and Montana Rules of Evidence, Federal and Montana Uniform District Court Rules, local court rules, and applicable citation manuals.

Applicant must have a minimum of three years of qualifying experience, a diploma, degree, or certification in paralegal studies, or work equivalent.

Position is located in Helena, Montana.  Some travel may be required. Salary is commensurate with experience. A generous benefit package includes paid time off, 403(b) retirement plan, health, life, dental, vision, long term care insurance, and professional development.

Disability Rights Montana offers excellent benefits and competitive salary. Starting salary ranges from $44,000-$48,000 DOE.

Position will be open until filled. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Katherine Murfitt
Director of Finance & Administration
1022 Chestnut Street
Helena, MT 59601

or by email to: Katherine@DisabilityRightsMT.org

Disability Rights Montana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Sep21, 2021

FY22 Priorities and Objectives Draft for Comment

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

Disability Rights Montana logo: outline of state of Montana, scales of justice, and a stick figure in a wheelchair

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 Advocate@DisabilityRightsMT.org or by calling 1-406-449-2344.

2022 Priorities and Objectives Draft

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.

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