Since 1978, the University of Montana Rural Institute has worked to improve the skills, abilities, and quality of life of people with disabilities, and those who support them, in rural communities throughout Montana and the United States.
For Inclusive Communities
Rural Institute initiatives focus on promoting independence, productivity, integration and community inclusion in rural and frontier communities.
Major activities include:
- 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.
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.
University of Montana Rural Institute - A Year in Review July 2014 to June 2015
Growth and diversity define 2015. We expanded our training, employment, healthy living and aging-related activities, and grew our program serving Montana American Indians. Activities, revenues and staff grew more than 5% from 2014. A significant outcome of this growth has been expanded relationships with state, national and international colleagues with similar interests.
Strong collaborative relationships help us accomplish our consumer-driven mission: “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.” The numbers we share are just part of the story. The real story is how our nationally recognized faculty, staff and students are making a positive difference in individual lives across Montana and beyond.
Marty E. Blair, PhD, Executive Director
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