Reasonable Accommodation Resources

Reasonable Accommodation Resources

Reasonable accommodations enable qualified individuals with disabilities to fully participate all service programs and activities.

Once a person requests an accommodation, it is important to discuss with that individual what functional limitations or barriers exist that are preventing that person from fully participating in your program. Often, people with disabilities know what they need and how to secure it. If the person is not sure what they need or where to secure accommodations, the Governor's Office of Community Service is here to help.


Below is a list of resources you may find helpful when seeking information about accommodations:

Montana Human Rights Bureau

https://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights/, (406) 444-2884 (Telephone Relay Service: 711)

The Montana Human Rights Bureau is charged with enforcing certain state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination. When a person files a complaint with the Department of Labor and Industry's Human Rights Bureau, the Bureau will informally investigate. The Bureau is committed to providing quality education and training opportunities to employers, employees, housing providers, tenants, and all Montana residents.


MonTech: Improving Lives with Technology

https://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/, Missoula Office: (406) 243-5511, Billings Office: (406) 657-2089

MontTech provides technology, support, and services that improve the quality of life for Montanans with disabilities. Borrow assistive technologies and adaptive equipment, and receive free training on any loaned devices. MonTech's services are available to any Montanan, any age, with any physical or cognitive challenge including those associated with aging.


Montana Disability Employment and Transitions

https://dphhs.mt.gov/detd/index, (406) 444-2590 (Voice/Text) 

Disability Employment and Transitions is a division of the Montana Department of Health and Human Services. Visit their website to learn more and access resources on providing Blind and Low Vision services, telecommunications access services, transportation services, qualified sign language interpreters, and more. 


The Job Accommodation Network

www.askjan.org, (800) 526-7234 (voice) or (877) 781-9403 (TTY)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a source for information about accommodations. JAN’s website is a wealth of information about accommodations and consultants are also available by phone. JAN’s services are free and confidential.


US Office of Rehabilitation Services

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/index.html

This federal agency funds state and local Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies across the country. They help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment. Many Vocational Rehabilitation offices also help place people with disabilities in national service programs.


US Department of Veterans Affairs

https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp, (800) 827-1000 (voice)

This federal department supports nationwide employment training program for veterans with service-connected disabilities who qualify for vocational rehabilitation.


Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Directory of Interpreters, searchable by state: https://rid.org/about-rid/ 

This organization is a national membership organization representing professional interpreters.


Telecommunications Relay Services- 711

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/711-telecommunications-relay-service 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted use of the 711 dialing code for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). TRS permits persons with a hearing or speech disability to use the telephone system via a text telephone (TTY) or other device to call persons with or without such disabilities.


Video Relay Services

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/video-relay-services

Video Relay Service (VRS) is a form of Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) that enables persons with hearing disabilities who use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with voice telephone users through video equipment, rather than through typed text.


Easter Seals

https://www.easterseals.com/ 

Easter seals is an organization that provides services to people with disabilities including assistance determining and implementing accommodations. They are a national organization with local affiliates.


Assisi Technology Lending Libraries

Many places have a lending library that provides assistive technology and other assistive devices to individuals and organizations. An internet search or consultation with some of the above resources can help you determine if your area has an Assisi Technology Lending Library.

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