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The University of Montana Rural Institute improves the quality of life for rural people in Montana with disabilities, their families, and service providers.

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Independence

RIIC teaches how assistive technology helps people live more independently at home, school, work, and in the community. We conduct research to improve employment outcomes, economic status, and independence for people with disabilities in rural communities.

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Inclusion

The Rural Institute develops and evaluates innovative health promotion activities in rural areas in Montana and throughout the United States. 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

The RIIC Early Childhood programs offer on-going education and training to childcare providers, families, and to teachers of young children with disabilities. We provide Education and Interdisciplinary Training across the human service and education systems in Montana.

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University of Montana Rural Institute For Inclusive Communities

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The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) offers research, interdisciplinary education, community supports and services, and information sharing activities enabling rural Americans with disabilities to be fully included in their communities. We focus on employment, independent and healthy living, education, and accessible transportation and housing.

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

Montana Alzheimer’s State Plan

Montana Alzheimer's & Dementia state planMontana to build dementia-capable programs for the growing number of people with Alzheimer's and related dementias.

"On Monday, June 20, 2016, the Montana Alzheimer’s/Dementia Work Group is joining with Governor Bullock to introduce the Montana’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia State Plan: Addressing the Current and Future Needs of Individuals and Families with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. This is a thorough examination and set of recommendations to confront the sweeping economic and social impact of Alzheimer’s disease for Montanans. A companion website housing the Montana’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia State Plan with links to available resources and added information is at www.MTAlzPlan.org."

Visit MTAlzPlan.org to learn more.

Movin’ On in MT Summer Camp- 4 spots just opened up!

Movin On Logo2Movin’ On in Montana, a transition seminar for high school students with disabilities will be taking place on the University of Montana campus. This year, we are doing 2 sessions, serving 40 students total.  We just had a few more spots open up, and we are hopeful you may know someone to refer.

First session: June 27-30, accepting 3 additional students.

Second session: July 11- 14, accepting 1 additional student.

Cost: Free!

Eligibility: Montana high school students, sophomore-senior year, with a disability.

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Transition and Employment Featured Emerging Leader

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Perfection Is Impossible, So Go with It
By Chris Hayes

I'm Chris and I'm writing my own story, so I'm choosing to go off script in terms of the interview questions. My life was affected by a traumatic brain injury. An injury that left me unable to see, speak or move. Over time and with therapy I was able to recover these abilities to a degree, bur still nowhere close to the Chris I once was. My vision has mostly returned, but I track things more slowly. My voice is a constant struggle as my mouth is unable to say the things my brain wants to say. This makes communication very difficult for me, but eventually I can get my point across, just not in the way I want.

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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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Major Programs within the Rural Institute

 

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