Montana Independent Living Project (MILP) Rebrands as Ability Montana

Ability Montana News

Montana Independent Living Project (MILP), a nonprofit that empowers people living with disabilities in southwestern Montana, announced they are rebranding as Ability Montana. After over 40 years of service, the Center for Independent Living (CIL) changed its name to better express its services and goals. 

“When MILP was founded, we referred to our organization as a project,” said Scott Birkenbuel, Chief Executive Officer of the recently renamed Ability Montana. “However, this implied that the project might end at some point, which it will not. Our work empowering people living with disabilities is continuous and expanding.” Birkenbuel also indicated that the nonprofit wanted to break away from being limited to the acronym MILP, which does not capture the ethos of who they are. 

“After reviewing dozens of names,” Birkenbuel said, “we decided on the more forward-thinking name of Ability Montana. We want to showcase how people living with disabilities have abilities and deserve to live the self-directed they desire.” Birkenbuel emphasized that the nonprofit still has the same great team consumers know, and the services also remain the same.

To transition to a new name, Ability Montana updated their website with a fresh design that reflects the rebrand. The website redesign includes additional resources and content to better provide for and guide consumers.

To see the new rebrand and learn more about Ability Montana, visit