Gain independence and live the life you want.
A community where we find our strengths and overcome the challenges while living with disability.
What is Ability Montana?
Overcome Inaccessibility and Build a Life of Freedom
It doesn’t matter your age, location within Montana, or your disability. We are here to support you in achieving independence wherever you are in life's journey.
We build programs and offer resources to help people with disabilities overcome an inaccessible life that may be dependent on others. We all strive to achieve our dreams. Ability MT helps make that vision a reality.
Our Programs & Resources
From skills training to life transitions support, Ability Montana offers a range of programs to assist you with living independently. View our Ability Montana programs here.
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If you require additional care in your home this program allows you to hire and oversee attendants of your choice, providing you with greater autonomy over your life.
Peer mentors work with anyone who is adapting to a disability or seeking to increase their independence.
At Ability Montana, we believe that providing students, families, schools, and providers tools and resources at an early stage of the education process creates the best opportunity for success.
Technology and Accessibility Tools
In a world progressing further and further into a digital age, access to technology and assistive software devices is necessary for Americans with Disabilities.
Helps people identify needs and practice effective communication skills to build and maintain self-empowerment.
A guided set of opportunities for adventure, allowing you to explore all that the outdoors of Montana has to offer.
Workshops, Classes, and Groups
Ability Montana’s goal is to provide opportunities for disabled Montanans to grow in their disability through community activities and group events.
Independent Living Skills Training
We have a team of Independent Living Specialists (ILS) who offer an array of tools that empower people with disabilities to live self-directed, independent lives.
Personal Assistance Services
The Personal Assistance Program allows people who are aging or have disabilities can hire caregivers that they choose, manage their own schedules, and decide how cares are provided in their own homes.
Advocating for Independent Living Since 1985
From protests at the capitol to a top-tier independent living center
Before the 1980’s, most persons with disabilities were placed into nursing homes because little-to-no support centers existed.
We started advocating for people with disabilities in 1980, and by 1985 had established offices across the state as Montana Independent Living Project (MILP).
Today we are an organization that advocates for change in policies that create a more accessible world for those living with disability.
We breed awareness of the struggles that happen as we rally the community for change and support, allowing a better and more independent future.
As Much As We Do, We Can’t Do It All.
We are all part of this thriving and growing community
We continue to grow as an organization daily, always putting our clients, their families, their caregivers, and our staff first.
According to the Center on Disability, 28.3% of persons with disabilities are below the poverty level in the state of Montana.
A charitable gift to Ability MT ensures:
A person with a disability can enter a program to take the first steps in building a more fulfilling and independent life, contributing to our communities.
Caregivers (PCA’s) of a person with a disability can be paid for the 24/7 support they provide.
Ability MT staff can be paid for the self-less work they do.
We can continue to develop programs and resources necessary to create independent lives.
We can continue to advocate and lobby for change for all persons with disabilities.
Proven Success, In Their Own Words
Experiencing the Joys of Everyday Life Through this Partnership.
“Angels on Wheels”
“I used to live with my sister in Butte and didn’t get to go do much. My counselor told me about Ability MT. They helped me learn to ride the bus so I could go to Walmart, the library, and the grocery store. I also am in a Dungeons & Dragons group now where I have made a lot of friends. I am excited because I am on the list for housing so I can have my own place!”
“I was terrified when I found out I was going to lose my Medicaid. I wouldn’t have it today if it weren’t for Ability MT. They contacted my PR, who was not aware of the change and made sure my Medicaid wasn’t canceled.“
"I was so frustrated when they started making us use an app for paratransit rides. I didn’t have a tablet to schedule a ride. Ability MT helped me buy one and taught me how to use it. I am not only able to schedule rides, but to get on Facebook to talk to friends and family, play games, and more."
"I hadn’t had a job in 10 years due to my disability. I wanted to work but wasn’t sure where to find a job that would hire me. I called Ability MT after Purview Health Center recommended me. They told me that they couldn’t help me get the job directly, but that job services could. They guided me to job services and offered to help me with my application, cover letter, and resume. I wouldn’t have a job today if it weren’t for Ability MT! "
Take the next step towards independence
We want to hear your story so that we can guide you towards your next steps.
With over 60% of our organization having some form of disability and over 40 years of experience, we are here to guide you towards independence and freedom.
Your unique needs are not lost on us. Everyone has a different story, and different difficulties. We never take a one-size fits all approach in setting you up for success.
We have found the best way to navigate your circumstances is for you to contact us so we can hear your needs and find the best resource for you.
Ability Montana serves 14 counties in southwest Montana including Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Gallatin, Granite, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Madison, Meagher, Park, Powell, Silver Bow, Sweet Grass, and Wheatland. To find out more about how we serve your county, contact us!
406.442.5755 | 1.800.735.6457 (toll-free)
825 Great Northern Blvd Suite 105
Helena MT, 59601
Lewis & Clark | Powell Jefferson | Broadwater
2015 Charlotte St Suite 2
Bozeman MT, 59718
Gallatin | Meagher | Park Wheatland | Sweet Grass
820 W Platinum St
Butte MT, 59701
Granite | Deer Lodge | Silver Bow Jefferson | Beaverhead | Madison