About

MISSION STATEMENT

DisAbility Rights Idaho assists people with disabilities to protect, promote and advance their legal and human rights, through quality legal, individual, and system advocacy.

History

Congress created a nationwide Protection and Advocacy System for People with Developmental Disabilities in the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1975. Today, there is a protection and advocacy system operating in every state and territory of the United States, in Washington D.C., and for Native Americans. Congress has expanded the authority of the Protection and Advocacy Systems to serve all disabilities.

DisAbility Rights Idaho is Idaho’s designated Protection and Advocacy System for people with disabilities.

In 1977, Co-Ad, Inc. was established as the Protection and Advocacy System to carry out this new federal mandate in the State of Idaho. In 2009, Co-Ad, Inc., a.k.a. Comprehensive Advocacy, Inc., changed its name to DisAbility Rights Idaho.

 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Young man with a disabilityDisAbility Rights Idaho assists people with disabilities to promote and protect their right to meaningful personal choice and self-determination.

DisAbility Rights Idaho assists people with disabilities to promote their right to independence, self sufficiency and full membership in communities.

DisAbility Rights Idaho assists people with disabilities to promote their right to inclusive, adapted, and accessible services, residences, education and employment.

DisAbility Rights Idaho assists people with disabilities to promote the right to safe and humane practices and environments which are free from abuse and neglect, and which recognize their individuality and dignity.

 

 

Who Do We Help?

Over 200,000 residents of Idaho have disabilities.  DisAbility Rights Idaho receives funds solely to help people with any type of disability. We also address issues that affect all Idahoans with disabilities by working with state agencies,  non-profits, and committees.

Learn more about Disability Rights Idaho’s services

Hear Their Stories

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Jo Ellen received help from Disability Rights Idaho. Hear her story…
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