Disability Rights Montana

October 23, 2018 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Mission of Disability Rights Montana is to protect and advocate for the human, legal, and civil rights of Montanans with disabilities while advancing dignity, equality, and self-determination.

  1. Individual advocacy – 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.
  2. Legal representation – 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Systems advocacy In collaboration with others, we work for systemic changes that affect people with disabilities, in order to improve their quality of life.

Areas Served

Disability Rights Montana is the federally-mandated civil rights protection and advocacy system for the entire state of Montana.

Impact

Our organization’s impact alone in the Lewis and Clark county for the FY of 2017 we served 172 cases.

Project / Needs

We are needing funds to continue our work providing information, advocacy, and legal representation to people who have been discriminated due to their disability. Disability can range from mental health needs, cancer, and to physical assistance.

Other Fundraising

We send out an annual appeal letter, as well as hold a bi-annual raffle. We do accept donations online through our website, and collect donations from license plates that support our work. Lastly, we are part of the Montana Shares program.

How Will The Funds Be Used

The funds will be used for policy and lobbying efforts at the Helena Capitol to protect the rights of people with disabilities, also to increase legal representation for the children in special education and protecting their right to appropriate education.