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University of Montana Rural Institute For Inclusive Communities

The RIIC provides services, training, and research that support the independence, inclusion, and participation of people with disabilities.

  • Our community services include assistive technology demonstration and equipment loan to enable independence at home, school, work, and in the community. 
  • Training includes Living Well with a Disability, a health promotion program that helps participants reach quality of life goals through healthy lifestyles.
  • Research areas include rural transportation and employment options to support economic independence.  The 40+ RIIC projects focus on employment, independent and healthy living, education, accessible housing, and transportation to enable rural Americans to be fully included in their communities.

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

MonTECH - By the numbers


Devices loaned to Montanans last year to fill a temporary need or to evaluate usefulness for an individual


Montanans received guided one-on-one experiences to explore assistive technology and computer access options designed to meet a physical need or cognitive challenge


Saved through the MonTECH reuse and exchange program for Montanans


People taught how to use assistive technology to improve their lives

screen shot of  telecomToolbox websiteFeatured Program/Product website is an online career development tool for people with disabilities to use to find employment. Individuals working to find employment on their own can use this tool as well as service providers who help people develop the necessary skills for finding and maintaining employment.

Online Career Development Tools for Employment

Various online platforms can be utilized to advance employment goals whether someone is looking for a job, interested in keeping a job or wants to network within a profession.  The telecom toolbox supports career development professionals and job seekers in using online tools.

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ScholarWorks Readership Map

Browse the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities Collections at ScholarWorks University of Montana


Happenings at Rural Institute

Major Programs within the Rural Institute