Disabilities Resources & Information

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - 

Beginning on March 15, 2012 all state and local governments and private businesses open to the public are required to comply with the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) revised regulations for implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The revised rules, which include the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards), were adopted by the DOJ on September 15, 2010 and went into effect on March 15, 2011.

The 2010 Standards comprehensively reorganize and rewrite the 1991 ADA Accessibility Guidelines (1991 Standards) and set new minimum requirements – both scoping and technical – for new construction and alterations to the facilities of more than 80,000 state and local governments and more than seven million businesses.  To read more about this topic click the next two links. 

2010 Standards for Accessible Design:



In 2015, the United States celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law, the civil rights act for people with disabilities, expanded rights to participate in programs, activities and services offered by state and local governmental entities (Title II) and nonprofit/for-profit entities (Title III). The country has come a long way, but to better understand the significance of the ADA, it is necessary to take a quick look back through history at the laws implemented as its precursors.

National Recreation and Parks Association Article

Rocky Mountain ADA Center Educates Businesses on Building an Accessible Future with the New ADA Standards

The ADA is not the only disability rights law, though it is the most comprehensive. Click HERE to learn more about Federal laws relevant to the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Additional Informational Resources

We have included additional resources for your information: (Click on the titles or links below to view)

Webinar Series



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Webinar: Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies - Presented by: Dr. Adriane Griffen, Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD)

Dr. Adriane Griffen from the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) talks about how public health can improve the health, employment and participation of Montanans with disabilities, specifically the Inclusion of People with Disabilities - Public Health Workforce Competencies, designed to increase the capacity of public health providers to include people with disabilities in their public health plans and efforts. Please  CLICK HERE to view the 1 hour webinar. 

Webinar: Inclusive Interdisciplinary Walking Audit - Presented by: Mark Fenton, National Public Health, Planning and Transportation Consultant

Please CLICK HERE to view the 1.5 hour webinar. This event has been recording and is Live Captioned.  In order to view the captions, make sure to click subtiitles/closed caption (CC) once the link opens.  Topics include: building a healthier community with inclusive walk audits, land use, network of facilities, site design, as well as safety and access.

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Webinar: Reaching People with Disabilities Through Patient Navigation: Supportive Access to Healthcare Coverage - Presented by: Karl D. Cooper, Esq., American Association on Health and Disability

Please CLICK HERE to view the 1.5 hour webinar from the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) at the American Association on Health Disability. This event has been recording and is Live Captioned. Topics include: ACA Marketplace client resources and questions, disability etiquette, and accessibility considerations throughout the enrollment process.

Disclosure Information - 
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

SWP/MFT/LAC/0407-2017 - Reaching People with Disabilities Through Patient Navigation Webinar is approved for 1.5 hours

Criteria for Successful Completion: Completion of Posttest  (Evaluation) with score of 80% or greater. Attendance at 80% of the webinar.  No planners or presenters have a conflict of interest related to this conference.

This webinar is being provided by the Montana Disability and Health Program, Rural Institute, University of MT, in collaboration with the MT Department of Health and Human Services and the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative.