The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has been issuing complaints to schools across Montana, claiming their websites are not accessible to those with disabilities as required by law. Generally, the complaint alleges that the school website does not provide the ability for those with disabilities to view, understand, navigate, and interact with the website, denying equal access to the school's programs and services. 

The OPI responded to a similar OCR complaint about its website accessibility in 2016, signing a resolution agreement in September 2016. Under this agreement, the OPI is continually working to make its website accessible to all. If you find a document or other type of content that is not accessible, please email We will work to make the document or other type of content accessible and available to you. 

Please note that the resources are not intended to provide legal guidance on your school's complaint from the OCR. They are provided as a reference in providing a response to the OCR and addressing webpage and document accessibility.

Have specific questions related to web accessibility?

Contact Tara Dempsey, 406.444.4607

OPI’s Website Accessibility Team:

Julia Swingley, Chief Legal Counsel, 406-444-4399
Tom Antonick, Title IX/EEO, ADA Coordinator, 406-444-3161
Frank Podobnik, Special Ed Division Administrator, 406-444-4428
Michael Sweeney, Chief Data Officer, 406-444-4411
Tara Dempsey, IT Project Manager, 406-444-4607