Dr. Rosemary Hughes of the University of Montana’s Rural Institute, and Dr. Margaret Nosek of Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD) are principal investigators on a 3-year grant from the NIH National Library of Medicine, “Partnering with Women with Disabilities to Develop a Health Information Website.” The grant award was made to Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Nosek is the contact principal investigator. The project involves a close partnership with a Community Advisory Board, a Medical Advisory Board, and the Texas Medical Center Library, to expand health information on the CROWD website and make it more interactive and accessible for women with disabilities. You can follow the progress on this project and offer comments at www.bcm.edu/crowd.
The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities and the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) are promoting the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program.
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and we want to take this time to highlight one of the many Rural Institute research projects designed to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Project spotlight: Partnering with People with Developmental Disabilities to Address Violence
The objective of the project was to partner closely with people with developmental disabilities (DD) to develop accessible measures for people with DD and then use those measures to examine the effect of childhood and adult abuse on physical and psychological health outcomes in people with DD.
Applications for the 2019 Community Investment Fund are now being accepted! The Community Investment Fund is made available annually for innovative projects that help people with disabilities live, learn, work and play in their communities alongside people without disabilities. Any Montana organization, agency, non-profit group, or individual with a creative idea developed by/with people with disabilities to promote community inclusion is eligible to apply. Please note: due to University contracting requirements, successful applicants will be required to have liability insurance and either Workers’ Compensation coverage or a Workers’ Compensation exemption certificate.
More Information and applications
The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) has partnered with the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Nevada LEND program and Good Health TV to share a developmental milestone video with parents and families.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need. As part of the LTSAE program, a short video will be broadcast in Montana tribal health clinic waiting rooms from mid-February until the end of March. The purpose of the video is to inform parents and families about developmental milestones and to direct them to resources for tracking milestones and addressing concerns. Print materials for tracking childhood development milestones are highlighted in the video and are available in each tribal health clinic.
For more information about the LTSAE program, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html.
For Montana-specific information about these materials please visit the Montana Autism Center at www.mtautism.org.
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