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- providing training of personnel who serve and educate individuals with disabilities and their families;
- research and evaluation to assist people with disabilities to lead healthy, productive lives in their communities;
- community supports and services including training and technical assistance;
- dissemination of information to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families living in rural areas;
- and, leveraging current funding sources by developing and submitting grant and contract applications, and recovering costs associated with the delivery of services.
1250.1. That is the number of miles I traveled last week on my "Visit Montana Colleagues" trip.
I started in Helena with the new Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) director, the MT Part C Coordinator, and the director of Disability and Employment Transitions (MT's VR agency). I spent almost two hours with our federal partner, the MT Developmental Disabilities Council.
In Billings I met with the medical and administration staff at The Children's Clinic, I also met with the director of PLUK, Inc and the director of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI).
On to Glendive where I spent several hours with the Prairie View Special Services Coop coordinator (provides special education and related services in 13 eastern counties) and the new president of Dawson Community College.
“I locate, pack, and ship adaptive equipment all over Montana.” Megan Murphy, a UM pharmacy student, is talking about her work-study job with the Montana Adaptive Equipment Program (MAEP). For more than two decades, the program has provided adaptive equipment to Montanans with developmental disabilities. Megan is one of several UM students who are the hands that make sure people from Superior to Sydney get the equipment they need to be more independent. Megan says that this experience has “really opened my eyes to other opportunities.” She adds, “When I'm a pharmacist, I'll be asked a lot of questions regarding medical equipment and now I feel like I know what I'm talking about.”