Recent News and Current Events

Recent News and Current Events2020-03-09T15:18:31-06:00

COVID-19: Protecting our staff, clients, and community

Disability Rights Montana is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) developments and following the recommendations published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). Information is rapidly evolving, and we are working quickly to identify how we can support our staff, their families, our clients and our community.

Given the seriousness of the situation, we created the following health and safety guidelines to support and protect our staff and clients.Β These guidelines will be in place for the foreseeable future, but we will reassess as new information emerges.

Please know we are equally committed during this time to continuing our services to protect and advocate for people with disabilities.

Starting March 16, 2020 until further notice:

  1. Our office is closed to outside visitors indefinitely. Our phone lines will remain open during regular business hours. Please understand that we may return calls from blocked numbers, as some of our staff may be working from home.
  2. If you are a Montana resident and are seeking assistance from our office, please contact us by phone at 1-800-245-4743 or complete and submit the Request for Services Form. We will do our best to respond in […]
By |March 16th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Carroll College Remains Inaccessible

Almost 50 years after the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Catholic College has failed to prioritize accessibility despite the struggles that people with disabilities face on the campus. Carroll College has included accessibility in the Master Plan for the College, but has refused to create an action plan or designate personnel to oversee this process. Students, alum, former faculty, and community members have come together to tell their stories regarding the inaccessibility of the College. We will be sharing these stories here on our website. A new story will be available each day during the week of March 9, 2020. Please check them out to learn about the experience of people with disabilities at Carroll College.

Carroll College student, Taylor Tyson, talks about her experience as a student with a disability explaining that β€œπ’Šπ’• π’˜π’‚π’” 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” π’˜π’‰π’π’π’† π’ƒπ’Šπ’ˆ 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 π’Žπ’† 𝒕𝒐 π’ˆπ’†π’• 𝒂 π’“π’π’π’Ž 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 π’˜π’‚π’” 𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒐…𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓.”

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Together we can bring #awarenessΒ to theΒ #inaccessibilityΒ of Carroll College.Β 

By |February 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stop Blaming Mass Shootings on People with Mental Illness

By: Roberta Zenker, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Montana

Last week our president proclaimed in the wake of two mass shootings that β€œmental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun.” DJT 8/5/2019. However, doctors and psychological experts agree that no direct correlation exists between mental illness and mass shootings. β€œRoutinely blaming mass shootings on mental illness is unfounded and stigmatizing. Research has shown that only a very small percentage of violent acts are committed by people who are diagnosed with, or in treatment for, mental illness.” Statement of American Psychological Association (APA)President Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, August 4, 2019.

Despite routine claims from politicians and gun advocates to the contrary, studies show that people with diagnosed mental illnesses commit less than 5% of violent crimes. They are much more likely to be victims than to commit gun violence. The Dangers Of The Mental Health Narrative When It Comes To Gun Violence, Sarah Kim, Forbes, August 7, 2019.

Dr. Seth Trueger, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Northwestern University, told Time that although rates of mental health conditions have risen in the U.S., other countries have seen similar trends in mental illnesses, but far […]

By |August 9th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments