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    Promoting Inclusive Communities

    Improving the skills, abilities, and quality of life of people with disabilities in rural communities, including their families and those who serve and support them.

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    INDEPENDENCE

    We teach how assistive technology helps people live more independently at home, school, work, and in the community.

    We conduct research to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities in rural areas. Our research and training activities help improve the economic status and independence of people with disabilities.

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    INCLUSION

    We develop and evaluate innovative health promotion activities in rural areas. Our goal is to help people with physical or mental limitations learn to “live well and safely” in their own homes and communities.

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    INTEGRATION

    Our Early Childhood programs offer on-going education and training to childcare providers, families, and to teachers of young children with disabilities. We help children and their families achieve greater independence at home and in the community.

    We provide Education and Interdisciplinary Training across the human service and education systems in Montana.

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University of Montana Rural Institute

Promoting Inclusive Communities

Since 1978, the University of Montana Rural Institute has worked to improve the skills, abilities, and quality of life of people with disabilities in rural communities, including their families and those who serve and support them.
 
Rural Institute initiatives focus on promoting independence, productivity, integration and community inclusion in rural and frontier communities.
 
Major activities include:
  1. providing training of personnel who serve and educate individuals with disabilities and their families;
  2. research and evaluation to assist people with disabilities to lead healthy, productive lives in their communities;
  3. community supports and services including training and technical assistance;
  4. dissemination of information to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families living in rural areas;
  5. and, leveraging current funding sources by developing and submitting grant and contract applications, and recovering costs associated with the delivery of services.
 In all we do, we involve stakeholders as advisors so activities are consumer-responsive, family-focused, and sensitive to the cultural heritage and values of people with disabilities and their families.

Bob Liston, RTC: Rural Researcher and Advocate, Retires

Bob Liston 2014 DiverseUBob Liston, a long time disability rights activist, and a research associate for RTC: Rural, is retiring.  Bob began his work at the RTC in 2008 with a focus on nursing home emancipation for people with disabilities, and over the last seven years has participated in research on violence and abuse against men with disabilities and helped develop a peer training program for Centers for Independent Living.  His most recent project was conducting outreach to disability stakeholders to get their input on RTC research projects and product development.

Continue reading more about Bob at: http://rtc.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/bob-liston-rtc-rural-researcher-and-advocate-retires/

Community Investment Fund

Do you have an interesting idea or project to promote inclusion for people with disabilities? Would a small amount of start-up funds help you get your project off the ground?  Applications for the Community Investment Fund are now being accepted...complete and return your application before the July 31, 2015 deadline.

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Directions for using PDF form: Open the PDF file and save it to your desktop. Fill out the form and save it again. Then either print a hard copy of the application and submit it by mail or fax, or attach the PDF form to an email and submit it electronically.

 

 

Involving Consumers in Disability Research

man in wheel chair using computer 200x300Involving consumers in disability research helps ensure the products of research are relevant and useful.  Research and Training Centers across the country work hard to incorporate consumers into the research process and are mandated to do so by their primary funding agency, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, (NIDILRR).  This mandate for consumer involvement is crucial, not only to make sure research actually benefits people with disabilities but also to support and affirm nothing about us without us, the Independent Living Movement’s call to action for consumer involvement at all levels of research and service.

Continue reading more on the RTC:Rural website.

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Planning Your Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care Workbook

transition workbookThis publication is designed for Montanans under age 30 living with special health care needs and/or a disability. It offers information about preparing for the transition from pediatric to adult health care, choosing medical providers, paying for services, taking responsibility for one’s own health, and much more.

The revised workbook is available on the Transition and Employment Projects website (http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition/articles.asp) and http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition/PlanningYourTransitionWorkbook.asp.

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