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Preparing Students with Disabilities for Careers and College through an Evolution of Pre-ETS Activities Part 2

TPre ETS TAC 72dpihis webinar is the second of a two-part series discussing the array of activities that Montana students can participate in within the five required Pre-ETS categories: Job Exploration Counseling, Work-Based Learning Experiences, Counseling for Post-Secondary Education, Workplace Readiness Training, and Instruction in Self-Advocacy. Presenters will provide examples of activities in each area, illustrate how many of the areas can be addressed through combined meaningful activities, and demonstrate through examples how an evolution of Pre-ETS services for each individual student best prepares them for college and careers.  

2017 Montana Legislative Session

Information on bills that are important. Important for families to call or e-mail members of committees. Attending would be great as well.

1.  SB 198 Require DPHHS to follow federal regulations for Early Periodic Screening and Diagnostic. Sponsored by Senator Caferro

Hearing on Wednesday February 15th at 3:00pm room 317 Senate Public Health

http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2017/billpdf/SB0198.pdf

Member Public Health Committee Assignment Town
David Howard  (R) SD 29  Chair Park City
Cary Smith  (R) SD 27  Vice Chair Billings
Mary Caferro  (D) SD 41  Member Helena
Jen Gross  (D) SD 25  Member Billings
Steve Hinebauch  (R) SD 18  Member Wibaux
Frederick (Eric) Moore  (R) SD 19  Member Miles City
Albert Olszewski  (R) SD 6  Member Kalispell
Diane Sands  (D) SD 49  Member Missoula
Jason D Small  (R) SD 21  Member Busby

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Living Well with a Disability highlighted in CDC Weekly Updates

LivingWell with a Disability

RTC: Rural Living Well with a Disability program was featured in the recent CDC Disability and Health Weekly Updates.

“CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, in collaboration with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) has published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) supplement looking at health interventions that are evidence-based and/or show promise in reducing health differences affecting certain population groups, including people with disabilities at the local and national levels. One of the highlighted interventions is Living Well with a Disability, a program developed by University of Montana in partnership with the national network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and with support from CDC’s Disability and Health Branch. This program helps people with disabilities learn skills to manage their health by teaching goal-setting and problem solving skills that help them remove barriers to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

Visit CDC Disability and Health Weekly Updates to read more of the article.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities

UM's Rural Institute Reaches Out to Families in Southwest Montana

Milestone Moments booklet cover“500 ‘Milestones’ booklets and 500 ‘Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestones’ brochures,” was the request from staff of Family Outreach Region IV, Inc., a private non-profit agency providing home-based education and support services to individuals throughout southwest Montana who have disabilities or developmental delays.

Family Outreach, Inc. staff teach families and friends how to teach skills to children and adults with special needs. Staff recognized immediately the benefit of the Learn the Signs. Act Early resources, Milestones Moments and Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestones. “We put a copy of the booklet and brochure in every family orientation packet,” says Jackie Mohler, a program manager. “When our staff make home visits, they use the booklets as a starting place for discussion with parents and families. The milestones are a way for us to talk about their child’s development in a non-threatening way,” she adds.

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Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Technical Assistance Center

Pre ETS TACA new resource is now available for transition services in the state of Montana. Through a contract with Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services, the Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Technical Assistance Center will provide technical assistance to schools, Tribes, and VRBS staff regarding Pre-ETS for high school students.
 
Students with disabilities are eligible for Pre-ETS if they receive special education services from the high school, have a Section 504 Plan from the high school, or have any disability recognized and not served through the high school. The student may receive Pre-ETS services beginning the academic year in which the student turns sixteen years of age and ending when the student is no longer enrolled in high school for reasons such as graduation, dropping out, or exiting high school for any reason.

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Planning Your Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care: A Workbook to Help You Take Charge of Your Health

In December 2013, we created this workbook 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 workbook is intended to be used as a guide for conversations between youth, their parents, and their medical providers.

Printed copies of the workbook were distributed in the spring and summer of 2014. It is also available on the Transition and Employment Projects website (http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition/articles.asp).

We are preparing to update and revise the workbook and seek your input on what needs to be changed, added, removed, kept exactly “as is,” etc. We estimate the survey will take 10-20 minutes to complete. You may print out and write your answers on the hard copy survey, or complete the survey online at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2587418/Health-Care-Transition-Guide-Customer-Satisfaction-Survey

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RIIC longest-serving staff member retires after 32 years of service

The longest-serving staff member of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities recently retired after 32 years of service. We wanted to take advantage of Joyce’s institutional knowledge. In her own words, we asked her to record her memories of the early days.

I started at the Montana University Affiliated Program Satellite in October 1978 in Helena (Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education) and was the second staff to be hired, after the Director. 

After touring the 3 state’s universities, Missoula was selected to be home for the Rural Institute.  In June 1979, the four-member staff moved to Missoula and shared a rental house near the university. 

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February 2015 Featured Emerging Leader

Randy - A Man with Many Talents

By Tracy Fillbach, Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council Member and Susanne Meikle, Director of Montana Work Solutions, LLC

Randy lives in his own home, a two-bedroom house with a bathroom, living room, kitchen and backyard. According to Randy, "I bought my house in 2007. I pay a mortgage each month. I clean and maintain my home. I cook for myself. I am a very good cook. I love to barbecue in my backyard. This year I started a garden and grew tomatoes, green beans, bell peppers, onions, basil, parsley, and radishes. I watered and weeded...I did not like weeding. My onions did not come, but everything else did and I cooked with everything I grew. Because I had so many green beans and tomatoes, I froze them to use later." 

You can read more about Randy on this month's Featured Emerging Leader.

To read more stories visit the Transition and Employment Projects Emerging Leaders Stories page.

Mindy Renfro presented at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association

mindy renfro and panel membersMindy Renfro, PT, PhD, GCS of RI's MonTECH programs presented last week at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Indianapolis, IN. The panel looked at Fall Prevention in Special Populations and Renfro focused on Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities. The session was attended by over 350 PTs from across the country and research and collaboration was planned with researchers from the U.S. and New Zealand.

Panel included (left to right) Sue Ostertag, PT, DPT, NCS, Mariana Wingood, PT, CEEAA, Jen Nash, PT, NCS and Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD, GCS.

This Valentine’s Day, ask your loved ones to go STEADY

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Show the special elders in your life how much you care by helping them prevent falls

Columbus, Ohio – Caregiving is the ultimate expression of love and devotion, so for this Valentine's Day, the STEADY U Ohio initiative encourages all Ohioans to learn what you can do to help an older loved one avoid a life-altering fall. One in three older adults will fall this year – don’t let someone you care about become part of that statistic.

“One of the best gifts you can give an older loved one is the peace of mind that falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented,” said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc. D., director of the Ohio Department of Aging, which leads the STEADY U initiative. “Older adults may not want to talk about falling because they see it as a threat to their independence. By bringing the subject up persistently but respectfully, and showing that you care, you can help remove some of their anxiety around the topic and help them reduce their risk.”

 

Transition and Employment Projects 2015 Training Calendar

transition employment logoThe Rural Institute Transition and Employment Projects is pleased to announce four webinars scheduled for 2015. Interested individuals may participate from their own offices or homes, and there is no registration cost for any of the sessions.

March 24th from 1:00-2:30 MDT
A Vision of Employment for All: Preparing Youth to Work        

April 7th from 1:00-2:30 MDT
Addressing Barriers to Employment        

April 28th from 1:00-2:30 MDT
MT Vocational Rehabilitation & Blind Services and the WIOA        

May 26th from 1:00-2:30 MDT
So You Want to Go to College?

Detailed informational fliers and registration links are sent to Montana Transition Listserv members three weeks before each session. You can join the listserv by visiting our home page (http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition/default.asp) and entering your email address in the listserv sign-up box.

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