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Community Investment Fund Recipient Announced

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities is pleased to announce Summit Independent Living Center (ILC) as the inaugural award recipient of the Community Investment Fund!

Summit ILC, in collaboration with BASE (a project offering a safe place to learn and display the arts and advocacy), Missoula’s Homegrown Comedy (a group of local comics), A Paper Crane (an education-through-arts organization) and the Crystal Theatre, will use the small cash award for “Missoula LIVE!!”, a ten-week communication-through-improvisation program that will culminate in a live comedy/variety show. Organizers will recruit up to 30 cast members with and without a disability. Summit ILC staff says, “By collaborating with other community organizations and including people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities in the cast and crew, as well as having a final program that is held at a public venue and promoted to the public as a whole, ‘Missoula LIVE!!’ exemplifies interdependent living not just for those participants with a disability but more importantly for the entire community.”  

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Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council Member - An Emerging Leader Update

emerging-leader-danielleSince my last article, I have been very busy and had a lot of exciting changes happen in my life. I'm currently a member of the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council (formerly the Montana Transition Training, Information and Resource Center Advisory Board). I have served on the council and numerous work groups since 2008. I have attended (and often presented at) the Montana Youth in Transition Conference every year since 2009. I'm the official photographer for the Consumer Advisory Council, which means I take pictures at our meetings and the conferences. I created and am the administrator for the Consumer Advisory Council Facebook Page.

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RTC: Rural - Telecom Toolbox

telecom toolboxTelecom Toolbox is a useful online resource for Vocational Rehabilitation counselors who want to increase communication with people who live far away from services.

Telecom Toolbox provides an overview of telecommunication tools including email, texting and video chat as well as best practices for using them.  Telecom Toolbox also reviews the problems and concerns that come with More information iconusing these communication methods and suggests solutions to protect client privacy and promote effective online interactions, ensuring that consumers get the best services possible, even at a distance.

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RTC:Rural - Living and Working Well Workshops

man with disability exercisingLiving and Working Well with a Disability workshops are evidence-based health promotion programs for people with disabilities. Developed by RTC: Rural with help from people with disabilities, Living and Working Well have been shown to reduce both the severity and incidence of secondary conditions experienced by people with physical impairments.  Now that fall is approaching, consider setting some goals that will improve your health and find Living Well or Working Well workshops at a Center for Independent Living near you.

Learn more about these health promotion programs on the RTC:Rural website.

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