As part of the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs), we share a vision that all Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities.Read more about the Rural Institute
- 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.
“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.”
The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities applauds the University of Montana for developing a fairly comprehensive Accessibility Implementation Plan to enact its new Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Policy. While no policy is perfect, this initiative represents a huge step forward for the University. The policy is designed to provide full access to students, staff and visitors to the UM community. It addresses web access, accessibility of instructional materials and documents, audio and video access and procurement of hardware and software that is accessible to people of all abilities. On behalf of our staff, students and the thousands of Montanans that we serve, we thank UM for taking this bold step, for doing the "right" thing and for working hard to fully implement this policy across the several UM campuses.
Martin E. Blair, PhD
The Rural Institute, University of Montana