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University of Montana Rural Institute For Inclusive Communities

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The RIIC provides services, training, and research that supports 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.


Featured Program - Pre-ETS TACPre ETS TAC facebook3

Pre ETS TAC 72dpiEmployment is a central part of adulthood. It provides a sense of accomplishment, worth and overall satisfaction.

The Pre-ETS Technical Assistance Center provides Montana schools and Vocational Rehabilitation professionals with pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities. Services include job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for enrollment in post-secondary education, work place readiness, and instruction in self-advocacy.

Quick links to learn more about Pre-ETS TAC:

http://dphhs.mt.gov/detd/youthtransitions.aspx

http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition/pre-ets-tac.asp

2017 Montana Legislative Session

Information on bills that are important. Important for families to call or e-mail members of committees. Attending would be great as well.

1.  SB 198 Require DPHHS to follow federal regulations for Early Periodic Screening and Diagnostic. Sponsored by Senator Caferro

Hearing on Wednesday February 15th at 3:00pm room 317 Senate Public Health

http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2017/billpdf/SB0198.pdf

Member Public Health Committee Assignment Town
David Howard  (R) SD 29  Chair Park City
Cary Smith  (R) SD 27  Vice Chair Billings
Mary Caferro  (D) SD 41  Member Helena
Jen Gross  (D) SD 25  Member Billings
Steve Hinebauch  (R) SD 18  Member Wibaux
Frederick (Eric) Moore  (R) SD 19  Member Miles City
Albert Olszewski  (R) SD 6  Member Kalispell
Diane Sands  (D) SD 49  Member Missoula
Jason D Small  (R) SD 21  Member Busby

Read more 2017 Montana Legislative Session

Community Investment Fund

UM’s Rural Institute Awards 2016 Community Investment Fund

In an ongoing effort to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities into their communities, the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities offers an annual Community Investment Fund, a grant available to organizations that advance this mission. The RIIC maintains a CIF Review Committee, a body comprised of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their family members. The Committee decides to whom the CIF award should be given.

Seven families were able to connect and learn alongside their children with help from the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities’ “Community Investment Fund”, CIF. This is a grant offered annually to Montana projects which further the idea of inclusion of people with and without disabilities working, living, and playing together.

Eagle Mount’s “Tippy Toes: Movement, Music, and Play” program was the unanimous winner of the 2016 CIF grant. Eagle Mount is based out of Great Falls, Montana. Through therapeutic recreation, they offer children with and without disabilities the opportunity to grow, learn, and play together in an inclusive setting.

Read more about 2016 Community Investment Fund

Inclusion - We All Benefit

cac IB PhotoBy Isaac Baldry

View Isaac's Slide Presentation (PDF)

YouTube Video including Isacc's Presentation

First, I want to thank you, for taking the time, to be part of a conversation, about inclusion. I really wanted to be a part of this webinar, because of how important inclusion is to me. When I started thinking about, and planning what I wanted to say, it felt like such a big project. I decided to start, with why do I feel the way I do, about inclusion.

If you have heard me speak before, you've heard me talk about being part of a big family. I think my views on inclusion, were again impacted by the values of my family.

It seems odd to say this, but I don't think, growing up, my younger siblings, even knew, I had a disability. My disability was just a part; of who I was. The expectation, was that we were all, doing everything together. Anyone of us could have needed something, in order to participate. We just looked at what did we want to do, and what would be needed to accomplish it.  In the community, we had to consider wheelchair access, for me to participate with my family. If lack of access meant I couldn't participate, then no one participated. If it wasn’t something we could do together, then it didn't have value to our family.

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