UM’s Rural Institute Awards 2016 Community Investment Fund
In an ongoing effort to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities into their communities, the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities offers an annual Community Investment Fund, a grant available to organizations that advance this mission. The RIIC maintains a CIF Review Committee, a body comprised of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their family members. The Committee decides to whom the CIF award should be given.
This year, the committee reviewed nine applications from organizations with admirable intentions. The committee held lengthy discussions regarding the definition of inclusion, debating if applicants truly understood and met the CIF criteria. The group operates with the working definition that inclusion implies people with and without disabilities who learn, play, and live together in their community.
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Wheels Across Montana is a grant-funded health promotion project, made possible by the Reeve Foundation, to promote physical activity, physical and mental health and quality of life for Montanans living with a variety of disabilities.
Through the selection, purchase and distribution of adaptive bikes and trikes in 4 key areas of Montana, and working with select community partners to assure creative outreach and all-inclusive recreational programs, we will increase physical activity and social interaction. Program sites will include Fort Peck Tribes, Billings, Dillon and Missoula. In each region, one medical center/provider is partnered with a recreation program provider to assure that people with disabilities are aware of the program and able to access the recreational equipment that is best suited for their needs.