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


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.



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.

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Funding Sources

Disability Rights Idaho receives the majority of its funding from federal grants from various agencies. A small portion of our  funding also comes from private donations and some contracts.

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With offices located in Boise and Pocatello, Disability Rights Idaho has a small staff that comes from all walks of life, and each member brings different skills to the table to help reach our goals.


Board and PAIMI Council

Board of Directors

The DisAbility Rights Idaho Board of Directors actively participates in governing the company by approving public policies, helping to set the annual objectives and priorities, providing oversight of the company finances, making grievance determinations, setting personnel policies and raising funds.


PAIMI Advisory Council

The PAIMI Advisory council advises DRI and its Board of Directors on policies, priorities and activities under the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness program, which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.