Summit Independent Living is a non-residential private, 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 independence, self-confidence, knowledge, skills and access to community resources.
Summit also works at the community level to build awareness and reduce attitudinal, architectural and communication barriers; combat discrimination; and promote the development of needed resources, programs, services, and policies.
Summit Independent Living is governed by a consumer-controlled Board of Directors whose lives have been personally impacted by a disability. It is funded in part by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in 1992 (Title VII- Independent Living Services) and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (Disability Employment & Transitions Division).
Disability is a natural part of life. Independent living is about people with disabilities taking control over their own lives and having the right to make their own choices in the same way that people without disabilities do.
Summit’s ultimate goal is increased independence, economic and social opportunity, and enhanced quality of life for all persons living with a disability.
One of Summit’s core principles is Nothing About Us, Without Us
We believe that all 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:
- Make their own decisions and direct their own affairs,
- Have choice in services, transportation, housing, education and employment,
- Participate fully in the social, economic and political life in their communities, and
- Contribute their unique talents and abilities as respected members of their communities