A developmental disability is a disability attributed to mental retardation*, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or other neurological handicapping condition closely related to mental retardation and requiring treatment similar to that required by individuals with mental retardation* if the disability originated before the person attained age 18, has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely, and constitutes a substantial handicap to the person.*
-Montana State Law (*Though the state definition uses the term “mental retardation”, a more commonly accepted term is “intellectual disabilities”)
Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. According to the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the United Census Bureau, approximately 1,954 Montana children ages 3 to 5 and 8,416 Montana children ages 6 to 17 experience disability.
Categories for Special Education and Individual Education Plans
The following is a combined list of 13 disability categories. For the purpose of this website we have combined blindness with visual impairment and deafness with hearing impairment. Please choose from the list of disability categories below for more information and resources.
- Cognitive Delay
- Developmental Delay
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Vision Impairment
Your Child's Individual Education Plan (IEP)
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IEP Best Practice Guide- Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization
This guide focuses on the tools, devices, and systems that can help students who are deaf or hard of hearing thrive in an educational setting.
ADA Guide to Disability Rights
This is a comprehensive guide to Disability Rights Laws produced by the U.S. Department of Justice.
This CDC website contains a wealth of information for families and healthcare providers looking for information and support on a wide variety of disabilities.
NCHPAD is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for people with disability. NCHPAD seeks to help people with disability and other chronic health conditions achieve health benefits through increased participation in all types of physical and social activities, including fitness and aquatic activities, recreational and sports programs, adaptive equipment usage, and more.
A coalition of parent groups that provide information on education and advocacy for children with disabilities.
205 E. Park Avenue
Anaconda, MT 59711
Brain Injury Alliance of Montana
1280 South 3rd Street West, Suite #4
Missoula, Montana 59801
(800) 241-6442 – Toll-free in-state
Disability Rights Montana
1022 Chestnut Street
Helena, Montana 59601
Learning Disabilities Association of Montana
3544 Toboggan Rd
Billings, MT 59101
Montana Association for the Blind
PO Box 465
Helena, MT 59624
National non-profit dedicated to helping blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students succeed in education. Educational and professional books on audio, covering all subjects from kindergarten through postgraduate studies.
Provides leadership and financial support to states and local districts to improve results for children and youth with disabilities.
Long Term Health Conditions
Safe School Environment
Wellness and Prevention
Making the Connection Between Health and Learning
Teachers: Training and Professional Development
-Know Your Rights-
How to Work with Schools to Ensure Equal Education Opportunities
Additional Education & Health Information