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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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Statewide Collaboration to Improve ASD Initiatives in Montana Poster

Rural Institute MTAutism poster for AUCD presentation

The Montana Autism Center provides practical assistance, demonstrates proven techniques, and trains direct service staff.

  • Family Outreach (Helena) uses “Milestone” booklets as a discussion guide for each home visit.
  • The Part C agency renamed itself “Montana Milestones Part C Intervention” to capitalize on the LTSAE milestones concept
  • UCEDD and Ambassador meet bimonthly to plan and implement training and develop resources.

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Access like air says man with cerebral palsy

by ISAAC BALDRY

Recently, I was contacted by Apostrophe magazine, to see if I was interested in putting something together about “access”. My first thoughts were access is a huge topic. I thought I should follow up with a few questions. Turns out, they wanted me to follow up on my statement, “To me access is like air, I need every day and all the time.”

Interestingly enough, the ADA and I are about the same age, we both turn 25 this year. I am part of that first generation to have always expected access to be a part of our lives. I grew up believing that I could and should be able to do everything anyone else did. If something didn’t work one way for me, I just needed to spend a little time thinking about, another way to accomplish the same thing. It wasn’t important how I did whatever, it was important that I was able to participate and be a part of whatever.

PLEASE NOTE: The Apostrophe Magazine website will let you view the article once, but once you leave the page, you can't go back without having to subscribe.

Isaac Baldry has served on the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council since 2008.

MonTECH Program Director, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities

The University of Montana invites applications to fill the position of Program Director for MonTECH at the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana. MonTECH provides assistive technology tools and services to people throughout the state of Montana and oversees various assistive technology (AT) programs.

The successful candidate will solicit input from various stakeholders to effectively promote and direct the program. The program director will demonstrate discretion and independent judgment in regard to program efforts and will be responsible for remaining current with developments in the field of assistive technology. This position will directly supervise staff, manage multiple grants and contract budgets and coordinate assistive technology services throughout the state. Consultation and collaboration will be key functions of this position, both internally and externally.

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Social Media as a Tool for Employment

These days, the use of social media as a tool for employment plays a significant role in today’s job market.  Whether someone is looking for a job, interested in keeping a job, or wanting to network within a profession, various social media platforms can be utilized to advance employment goals.

Uses for Social Media and Employment:

Prospective employees use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram to network, research potential employers, mitigate “digital dirt,” and promote themselves.

Employers use social media and other search tools to investigate potential employees, fact-check resumes, and research common connections.

Continue reading how LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram can assist Vocational Rehabilitation consumers with job search and employment on the RTC: Rural website.

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