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Montana Gerontology Society Scholarship

The Montana Gerontology Society (MGS) is sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship for a Montana student who is pursuing a career in the field of aging.
The scholarship will be awarded at the annual conference, which will be held April 14-15, 2016, in Billings, Montana. A one-year membership in the Montana Gerontology Society and a waiver of the registration fee for the annual conference will be included with this award.

Application deadline: February 12, 2016

RTC: Rural - Access Partners-Get the Conversation Started

Teacher with spinal cord injury giving a lecture to students in classroomAccess Partners at the University of Montana “is an alliance to promote a campus environment that goes above and beyond disability compliance. It also promotes an inclusive campus community that welcomes all individuals and brings together faculty, staff and students to create a more positive and innovative UM experience for all people.” During the new group’s first meeting, accessibility leaders at UM provided information on resources, trainings and technical assistance offered by various departments.  For example, UM’s IT department, offers a series of trainings on the creation of accessible documents.  These trainings are free and designed to easily fit into faculty and staff schedules.

Continue reading about Access Partners on the RTC: Rural website.

2015 Montana Youth in Transition conference

Puzzle Pieces MathaliaIn early November, thirteen Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) members from Helena, Polson, Missoula, Miles City, Corvallis and Elliston traveled to Great Falls for the 2015 Montana Youth in Transition conference.

Young adult and parent CAC members presented two workshops (“Puzzle Pieces: Putting Together the Pieces of Adult Life” and “SMART Surfing: Tips for Staying Safe on the Internet”); co-presented with representatives from various agencies at five additional workshops; hosted an information and resource table at the Youth Vendor Fair; recruited CAC members from underrepresented areas of the state; and nominated Emerging Leaders to share their stories of inclusive employment, education, housing, and/or recreation with other Montanans.

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2015 AUCD Annual Conference Presentation #2

School Climate Transformation: Using a PBIS Model in Indian Country

Rural Institute AUCD poster school climate website
Goal: To fully implement a culturally-grounded and culturally-appropriate Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI) in schools that serve Montana is home to seven reservations and 12 sovereign Native American nations. primarily tribal areas.

View School Climate Transformation Poster PDF | Word

2015 AUCD Annual Conference Presentation

Autism in Rural Areas: Lessons we have learned in Montana

Rural Institute MTAutism AUCD poster

  • Social media and Facebook are a great way to share information and build community. Texting has not been as beneficial. 
  • Churches, bowling alleys and bars are good points of contact in rural and remote areas.
  • Indian Health Service provides an effective connection to tribal communities.
  • Local newsletters and Chamber of Commerce/community websites are good avenues for building resource awareness.

View Autism in Rural Areas Poster: PDF | Word


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