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:
- Make their own decisions and direct their own affairs,
- Have a family life,
- 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
Our Visitable Montana site has launched!
Visitability is a national movement to build homes with three primary accessible design features. They are:
- One zero step entrance on an accessible path of travel from the street, sidewalk or driveway
- Doorways that provide 32 inches clear space throughout the home's main floor and hallways that provide 36 inches of clear width
- 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.
Upcoming Events & Activities in the Missoula Area
Missoula Office Closed - May 30, July 4-5
Summit ILC Board Meeting - May 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Summit Orientation - First Friday monthly, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
SSA Orientation - Apr. 8, May 13, June 10, 10-11 a.m. and Apr. 19, May 24, June 21, 1-2 p.m.
People First - First and third Wednesdays monthly, 4-5 p.m.
WRAP - Wellness Recovery Action Plan - Apr. 18-July 11, Mondays weekly, 1-3 p.m.
Communications Class - Apr. 26-June 7, Tuesdays 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.
Video Game Night (VGN) - 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 - Apr. 11, May 30, July 4-5
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.
YODA Cooking Class - Apr. 7, 5 p.m. Space is limited. Call Lynae 257-0048, ext. 142.
Real Life Fair - May 9
Self Esteem for Women - Class starts Apr. 5. Call Lynae to sign up.
Murder Mystery 'Death by Chocolate' - June 3, 4-6 p.m.
Social Activities - We get together four times a year for social activities. 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
Ravalli Office Closed - May 30, July 4-5
Social Security Orientation - First Wednesday monthly, 1-3 p.m.
Man Cave - 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.-1 p.m. and Fridays 1-3 p.m.
Indoor Garage Sale - April 9, Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (noon)
Unless otherwise noted, classes and groups meet at (new location!):
317 N 3rd St., Hamilton
For more information or to sign up for any of our events, contact our Hamilton office.
April Newsletter Released
The newest newsletter is out and viewable at: April 2016 Summit Independent
Read about voting power, upcoming events and more!
Remember, you can always sign up for the e-newsletter by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.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.