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Discrimination by State or its Political Subdivisions: The federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, and the Montana Human Rights Act prohibit discrimination against people on the basis of their physical or mental disabilities by the state or its political subdivisions. The state Governmental Code of Fair Practices also prohibits discrimination and further requires the state and its political subdivisions to take affirmative steps to examine all of its procedures and processes including all agreements, arrangements and contracts to ensure that they do not have the effect of discriminating on the basis of disability or other suspect classification. [July 2010]
 
Employment Discrimination: The federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and the Montana Human Rights Act prohibit discrimination in employment against a qualified person with a disability. [July 2010]
 
Financial Power of Attorney - Planning to Protect Yourself and Your Autonomy: There are Montanans who, because of their circumstances, could benefit from having a power of attorney (POA). A POA is a legal document in which one person gives another person the power to conduct certain actions on his or her behalf. The Montana legislature passed the Uniform Power of Attorney Act in 2011, which came into effect on October 1, 2011. As a result of this enactment, in Montana there are now greater protections for those who grant power to another to conduct financial transactions on their behalf. [October 2011]
 
Public Accommodations: The federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, and the Montana Human Rights Act prohibit discrimination against people on the basis of their physical or mental disabilities by places of public accommodation. A public accommodation is a private entity or business that provides its services to the public. Public accommodations include hotels, restaurants, health care providers, legal offices, theaters, retail stores, and museums. [October 2009]
 
Service Animals: The Montana Human Rights Act and other state law, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal Fair Housing Act, and the 1973 Rehabilitation Act protect the right of persons with disabilities to use service animals to aid them in various settings. [September 2011].
 
Temporary, Limited, and Full Guardianships: State law provides various methods for people with disabilities to get help making important decisions in their lives. The most desirable of these are arrangements that people with disabilities design themselves, including powers of attorney and advance directives, which are addressed in a related fact sheet. However, in some cases these may not be sufficient. In these cases, temporary, limited, or full guardianship may be the appropriate option. [April 2011]
 
Voting Rights of People with Guardians: Disability Rights Montana Fact Sheet - Does the appointment of a full guardian deprive an adult ward with a disability of the right to vote? [October 2008]