LIFTT’s Independent living program works with people who have disabilities, so they can live independently and have access to the community. LIFTT staff, most of whom have disabilities, serve as mentors to people as they work to achieve the goals they have set for themselves.
Billings, MT 59102
800.669.6319 (toll free)
Disability Rights Montana, formerly Montana Advocacy Program (MAP), is a non-profit corporation that administers eight protection and advocacy programs and one private program that advocate the rights of Montanans with disabilities. All programs are established under federal law. Staff include professional advocates and attorneys.
Helena, MT 59601
800.245.4743 (toll free)
The vision of the Montana Center on Disabilities is to create a fully inclusive society which values people with disabilities and their perspectives. Its mission is to support the vision of inclusion, the Montana Center on Disabilities, a public service unit of Montana State University Billings, collaborates with campus, regional, state and national programs in support of increasing the number of leaders with disabilities.
Montana State University Billings
1500 University Drive
Billings, MT 59101
888.866.3822 (toll free)
The Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities is a citizen based advocacy group. Its members, appointed by the governor, work to provide increased independence, integration and productivity for persons with developmental disabilities. In pursuing these goals, the Council administers federal funds in three major areas; 1) assistance in the provision of comprehensive services to persons with developmental disabilities; 2) assistance to the state in appropriate planning activities; and 3) contracting with public and private agencies to establish model programs, demonstrate innovative habilitation techniques and to train professional and paraprofessional personnel in providing services to persons with developmental disabilities.
Helena, MT 59624
7 W 6th Ave, Ste 24
Helena, MT 59601
Missoula Developmental Service Corporation (MDSC) serves adults with severe intellectual disabilities who often do not know how to communicate their wishes. They need guidance from others who can help to guide each one of them toward self-actualization to better enjoy life
1005 Marshall St
Missoula, MT 59801
The Developmental Disabilities Program supports choices and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in their communities. Over the past thirty years, its view of people with disabilities and the help society offers these individuals and their families has changed dramatically from one of paternal institutionalization to one of supported self-determination.
111 Sanders St
Helena, MT 59604-4210
The Montana Nonprofit Association promotes a stronger nonprofit sector, a supportive public climate, and the ability of nonprofits to accomplish their missions. The Association achieves its mission through:
• Advocacy and public policy on sector-wide issues;
• Discount goods and services to save administrative costs;
• Training, professional development, and technical assistance;
• Research, education, and referral on issues of importance to nonprofits;
• Communications and networking; and
• Leadership and convening on issues of sector-wide importance.
7 W 6th Ave, Ste G West
PO Box 1744
Helena, MT 59624
Montana Shares is a federation of Montana-based non-profit organizations working to promote our state’s human, cultural and natural resources. Members are working on issues concerning women and families, the environment, health and hunger, community arts and culture, animal welfare, social and economic justice and human rights.
825 Helena Ave, Helena, MT 59601
PO Box 883, Helena, MT 59624
800.823.2625 (toll free nationwide)
PLUK is a private, nonprofit organization formed in 1984 by parents of children with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the state of Montana for the purpose of information, support, training and assistance to aid their children at home, school and as adults. PLUK is an organization of parents and other caring individuals who serve families and individuals with disabilities of any age and at no cost. PLUK was founded by parents who felt strongly that parents of children with disabilities need to band together to give one another information and support. It seemed foolish for each new parent to try to learn all over again what other parents already know and would willingly share. It also seemed important for parents to lend each other support because of the healing that takes place when people who share a common problem can work together to find solutions. The statewide group supports families in their desire to help people with disabilities lead productive lives.
Billings, MT 59101-6003
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.