Picture of Summit's display case atv the Missoula County Public Library

Summit Independent Living Center, Inc. is a non-profit, non-residential program serving people with mobility, neurological, hearing, visual, and other disabilities.

Summit provides consumer and advocacy services to residents of Missoula, Ravalli, Mineral, Lake, Sanders, Flathead, and Lincoln Counties as well as works on a systemic level nationally and across Montana to improve the lives of individuals living with disabilities.

We believe that people with disabilities have the right to control their own lives and enjoy the same opportunities as all other citizens. This includes the right to:

Employment Opportunities

Independent Living Specialist - Hamilton Office

Summit Independent Living is taking applications for a full-time Independent Living Specialist position for the Hamilton office.

The primary responsibility of this position is provision of independent living services to people with disabilities including advocacy and resource development, peer support, transition assistance, information and referral, skills training, and service coordination. Duties include an emphasis on 1) assistance with coordination of the Summit youth program in Ravalli County; 2) providing education and support to agencies and consumers regarding the application process for benefit programs and community resources; and 3) assisting consumers with employment and housing-related needs. The IL Specialist also assists with outreach, advocacy and public education activities to improve service systems, develop community resources and advance civil rights of people with disabilities.

Please visit our employment opportunities page for more details and to download application materials.

Montana Independent Living Action Alert System

Summit, in partnership with Montana's other Centers for Independent Living, provide an action alert service which notifies and provides action steps for advocates when issues of importance to Montanans with Disabilities arise.

Our action alert system provides many opportunities for you to get involved, follow our advocacy efforts, as well as to look up and contact your elected officials. Click here to visit the Montana IL Action Alert Website and get involved today!

Visitable Montana

Our Visitable Montana site has launched!

Visitability is a national movement to build homes with three primary accessible design features. They are:

    1. One zero step entrance on an accessible path of travel from the street, sidewalk or driveway
    2. Doorways that provide 32 inches clear space throughout the home's main floor and hallways that provide 36 inches of clear width
    3. Basic access to a half or (preferably) full bath on the main floor

Visitable homes offer features that benefit our community, whether it be new parents, older adults who wish to remain in their home, people with mobility needs, emergency services, and many others. These three primary requirements are often paired with many other simple, low-cost features to maximize usability of a home.

It is our hope that new homes built in Montana incorporate features of Visitability so that our communities become stronger, more inviting and homeowner-friendly places!

Our new Visitable Montana website shows images of many homes that have already incorporated these features. As more communities start to incorporate Visitability into their home designs, information about those efforts will appear as well.

To learn more about Visitability, please visit the Visitable Montana webpage.

Current Events...

Upcoming Events & Activities in the Missoula Area

Missoula Office Closed - Nov. 11, 24, & 25

Summit Orientation - First Friday monthly, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

SSA Orientation - Nov. 22nd 5 1-2 p.m.

People First - First and third Wednesdays monthly, 4-5 p.m.

WRAP - Wellness Recovery Action Plan - Sept. 12-Nov. 21, Mondays weekly 1-3 p.m.

Working Well with a Disability - Sept. 13-Nov. 11, Tuesdays weekly 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Work Soft Skills - Sept. 15 - Nov. 3, Thursdays weekly, 10 a.m-12 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Support Group - Second Wednesday monthly, 12-2 p.m.

Blind Low Vision Support Group - Second Tuesday monthly, 1-2:30 p.m.

Epilepsy Support Group - First Monday monthly, 2-3:30 p.m.

The following activities are now meeting at BASE, 725 West Alder, No. 10, across from St. Patrick Hospital and next to Draughtworks in the Warehouse Mall.

Game Night (GN) - Thursdays weekly, 3-6 p.m.

Youth Opening Doors through Advocacy (YODA) - Second and fourth Wednesdays monthly, 3:30-6 p.m.

Base Art Group (BAG) - Fridays weekly, 1-5 p.m.

For other upcoming BASE events, visit: www.facebook.com/base725

Unless otherwise noted, classes and groups meet at:

Summit ILC, Summit’s Conference Room
700 SW Higgins, Suite 101, Missoula

For more information or to sign up for any of our events, contact our Missoula office.

Upcoming Events & Activities in the Flathead Area

Flathead Office Closed - Nov. 11, 24, & 25

Social Security Orientation - First and third Wednesday monthly. Please call 257-0048 ext. 141, to register and get location.

YODA - Youth group meets once a month.

Living Well with a Disability - Call Lynae to sign up.

Social Activities - We get together four times a year for social activities. We hope the next activity will be a river flaot. Call the office to put your name on the mailing list so you won’t miss the next fun and exciting adventure!

Unless otherwise noted, classes and groups meet at:

Gateway Community Center, United Way Conference Room
1203 Hwy 2 West, Kalispell

For more information or to sign up for any of our events in the Flathead Area, contact our Kalispell office.

Upcoming Events & Activities in the Ravalli Area

New Hamilton Office Location - 299 Fairgrounds Road #4, Hamilton

Ravalli Office Closed - Nov. 11, 24, & 25

Social Security Orientation - First Wednesday monthly, 1-3 p.m.

Man Cave Game Time - Tuesdays weekly, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Man Cave Cookout - Third Thursday monthly

People First - Tuesdays weekly, 3-4 p.m.

Women on the Move - Third Wednesday monthly

TGIAD - Thank Goodness It’s Activity Day - Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Fridays 1-3 p.m.

Unless otherwise noted, classes and groups meet at (new location!):

The Refuge,
317 N 3rd St., Hamilton

For more information or to sign up for any of our events, contact our Hamilton office.

October Newsletter Released

The newest newsletter is out and viewable at: October 2016 Summit Independent

Read about voting power, upcoming events and more!

Remember, you can always sign up for the e-newsletter by contacting: missoula@summitilc.org

Medicaid for Workers with Disabilities

The Medicaid for Workers with Disabilities program, which began July 1, 2010, allows people with disabilities to go or return to work and earn more money without losing their healthcare coverage through the Medicaid program.

Through an affordable fee, people can "buy-in" to the program, which covers necessities such as personal assistance and developmental disability services.

To learn more about the Medicaid for Workers with Disabilities program, please visit Summit's Medicaid for Workers with Disabilities program information page.


The ABLE Act was passed in December 2014, which allows states to offer ABLE programs that will allow people with childhood disabilities to save money without losing certain federal benefits.

To learn more about the ABLE program, please visit Summit's ABLE Act information page.