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Disability Resources & Support

Big Sky TBI Program

The DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, & Hearing Clinic, support sessions for those who may have experienced a mild traumatic brain injury. Adults (18+) who have persistent cognitive symptoms after a concussion, TBI; 634 Eddy Ave, Missoula

Questions: Victoria (Tori) Hinther, victoria.hinther@umontana.edu

Braille and Talking Book Program (FREE) ~ Library of Congress

APPLY: https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-library-service-for-the-blind-and-print-disabled/about-this-service/

Or, call the National Library Service at 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323)

​Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

dav.org ~ 2687 Palmer St., Msla, Benefits Assistance (877) 426-2838

Volunteer Transportation Network:

(Bitterroot DAV and Missoula DAV provides free rides to Veterans to their VA Approved Medical Appointments.

Contact: Bitterroot to Missoula 363-8396; Bitterroot to Fort 363-8396
Missoula DAV - Missoula Veterans to Missoula VA Approved Appts 207-1468 (Currently Missoula DAV has drivers on Tuesday & Thursday)

For more information about DAV or if you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Driver please give us a call at 363-8396

DAV Transportation: Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Van Drivers 406-447-7760

Veterans Transportation Services 406-447-6270; Travel Pay 406-447-7402

disABLEDperson, Inc.

disABLEDperson.com is the Premier National Job Board for People with Disabilities.

Interview & Resume Tips / Videos (Short, sweet and to the point):

Contact: Mike Corso, President, disABLEDperson, Inc., Mike@disabledperson.com

Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF)

https://dvnf.org/

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

Questions: (202) 737-0522, info@dvnf.org

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ~ Veterans

Employment rights under the ADA

www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/ada_veterans.cfm

Questions: (800) 669-4000

JAN - Job Accommodation Network

http://askjan.org/

A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations. Leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Questions: (800) 526-7234, jan@askjan.org

Or, (800)ADA-WORK [(800)232-9675]

  • (304)216-8189 via Text

  • janconsultants via Skype

  • JAN on Demand for JAN questions that are related to accommodation, ADA, and workplace issues.

  • JAN on Demand for JAN questions that are related to self-employment and starting your own small business.

J.O.B.S. – Job Opportunity Based Services in Missoula

http://jobsinfomt.com/

Provides employment assistance and socialization support for those individuals with a disability.

715 Kensington 25A, Missoula

Questions: (406) 541-6966

Or, Michelle PicKell, President, Cell (406) 546-9112, mpickell@JOBSinfoMT.com

Living Well with a Disability

UM Rural Institute on Disabilities

http://livingandworkingwell.org/

MAR – Montana Association for Rehabilitation

http://mtmar.org/

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation – DPHHS, 2675 Palmer, Ste A, Msla

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/detd/vocrehab/mvrofficesbycounty.aspx

Questions: (406) 329-5400

​MonTECH – Assistive Technology Tools & Services - The Rural Institute

www.ruralinstitute.org

MonTECH can help you find the right communication device.  Borrow devices and communication apps for up to 30 days at a time to assess which system works best for the communicator AND for the caregiver who may be assisting in customization of vocabulary.

Questions: Anna-Margaret Goldman, MonTECH Program Director, Anna-margaret.goldman@mso.umt.edu

Or, Shawna Hanson, MonTECH Media Outreach Coordinator, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, UM (406) 243-4531, Shawna.Hanson@mso.umt.edu

Opportunity Resources, Inc.

http://orimt.org/

Out of Step: Disability Resources

http://www.outofstep.com/

Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

http://www.peatworks.org/

Social Security Administration – Disability

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi/apply.html

Veterans - Wounded Warriors: https://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/

Questions: 800-772-1213

Local - Missoula: 3701 AMERICAN WAY, (866) 931-9029, TTY: (800) 325-0778

Summit Independent Living ~ The VSN's "Disabilities Advocate & Resource Center"

http://www.summitilc.org/

700 SW Higgins, Ste 101, Missoula

Summit Independent Living, Inc. is a private, non-residential non-profit organization that offers a wide range of services designed to give people with disabilities the tools and resources that are needed to improve independent, self-confidence, knowledge, skills and access to community resources. Summit serves people with mobility, neurological, hearing, visual, and other disabilities.
Questions: (406) 728-1630, missoula@summitilc.org

​BASE Missoula ~ All Abilities Community Center

http://www.summitilc.org/services/base/

725 W. Alder, Suite 4, Missoula

Providing FREE programing such as Improv, Adaptive Yoga, Gaming, Art and Dance! BASE is collaboration between Summit IL, other non-profits and various artists in our community. This space is meant to be a safe place to explore and display the arts as well as learn advocacy. BASE is open to everyone in our community of all ages, interests and abilities. This is your space.

BASE Missoula, (406) 215-1080, basemissoula@gmail.com

Ticket to Work

Disabilities ~ My Employment Options

http://myemploymentoptions.com/

The Work Site ~

https://ssa.gov/work/

​​Tips for Filing VA disability

Tim is willing to take questions statewide: Tim Ingraham, Veteran Service Officer (VSO), Fort Harrison, (406) 495-2081, timothy.ingraham@va.gov

Or, make an appointment w/the Missoula MVAD (Montana Veterans Affairs Division): (406) 542-2501

US DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

https://www.dol.gov/odep/

To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors the following three policy development and technical assistance resources

Questions: 1-866-487-2365

Montana - Questions: John Pavao, State Diversity Program Coordinator, Department of Administration, State Human Resources Division, (406) 444-3984, jpavao@mt.gov

US Disability Programs and Services

https://www.disability.gov/

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Eligibility requirements for VRE (https://www.va.gov/careers-employment/vocational-rehabilitation/eligibility/),

o   Apply online: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/about/feature?feature=vocational-rehabilitation-and-employment

o   Or, submit a paper application: Download and complete a VA Form 28-1900, "Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation" and mail it to your our local regional office (3633 Veterans Dr., Ft. Harrison, MT 59636). They try to ensure Veteran is seen within 30 days. There are two VRE Counselors in Missoula: 2681 Palmer St., Suite N, (406) 258-1084.

Questions: David Wirtz, VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Officer (VREO), (406) 495-2012, david.wirtz@va.gov

Veterans Mobility Projects

https://veteransmobilitypjct.org/

Providing a way for Veterans to regain some of the freedom they have lost; whether that be setting a Veteran up with a power-wheelchair or assisting them with other tools to enhance their lives, giving the freedom of mobility. All therapeutic tools will be given to Veterans at no cost (501c3 nonprofit organization).

Questions: anne@veteransmobilitypjct.org

Zippia ~ Disability Resource Guide

https://www.zippia.com/advice/disability-resource-guide/

Laws that protect you, how to interview, to finding accommodating companies, here is a guide to make things a little easier.

Questions: (254) 294-7742, support@zippia.com