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University of Montana Rural Institute For Inclusive Communities

The RIIC provides services, training, and research that support the independence, inclusion, and participation of people with disabilities.

  • Our community services include assistive technology demonstration and equipment loan to enable independence at home, school, work, and in the community. 
  • Training includes Living Well with a Disability, a health promotion program that helps participants reach quality of life goals through healthy lifestyles.
  • Research areas include rural transportation and employment options to support economic independence.  The 40+ RIIC projects focus on employment, independent and healthy living, education, accessible housing, and transportation to enable rural Americans to be fully included in their communities.

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living.


MonTECH - By the numbers

353

Devices loaned to Montanans last year to fill a temporary need or to evaluate usefulness for an individual

335

Montanans received guided one-on-one experiences to explore assistive technology and computer access options designed to meet a physical need or cognitive challenge

$127,946

Saved through the MonTECH reuse and exchange program for Montanans

1,228

People taught how to use assistive technology to improve their lives


screen shot of  telecomToolbox websiteFeatured Program/Product

Telecomtoolbox.org website is an online career development tool for people with disabilities to use to find employment. Individuals working to find employment on their own can use this tool as well as service providers who help people develop the necessary skills for finding and maintaining employment.

Online Career Development Tools for Employment

Various online platforms can be utilized to advance employment goals whether someone is looking for a job, interested in keeping a job or wants to network within a profession.  The telecom toolbox supports career development professionals and job seekers in using online tools.

DDP Children's Autism Waiver

CAW Letter to FamiliesThe Children’s Autism Waiver renewal was approved by CMS. A letter will be mailed to families who have children currently enrolled in the Waiver. Please see the PDF letter for more details.

Montana Children’s Special Health Services Statewide Survey and Community Discussion Forum

Updates

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    The Montana Children’s Special Health Services (CSHS) Survey was mailed to a sample of families with a child(ren) or youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in Montana. Deadline to submit the Survey is May 15th, 2017. If you intend to mail in your survey please do so no later than 4-5 business days prior to the May 15th deadline.
  2. We are in our final phase of the CSHS Project and will be hosting Community Discussion Forums across Montana in April and May 2017. During these forums, parents and primary caregivers of CYSHCN will be asked to discuss and interpret the Montana Children’s Special Health Services Survey current findings.

Continue reading Montana CSHS Statewide Survey and Community Discussion Forum

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