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Montana Autism Center Highlighted in AMCHP Overview

AMCHP (Association of Maternal & Child Health Program)Overview
2016-18 Learn the Signs. Act Early. State Systems Grants

Goals: Maintain/expand the state ASD/DD team partnerships and activities, with a focus on serving rural and remote communities and working in reservation-serving areas and through tribal health services

Activity Areas: Engage current partners in rural/ frontier communities, build their training capacity, then mentor them in the training process; Partner with the Montana Parent Training Information Center and Montana’s Children with Special Health Services Bureau to target the dissemination of print and electronic family-engaged developmental monitoring tools and resource information statewide; Focus screening (e.g., M-CHAT) training and resource dissemination activities on extreme rural/ frontier communities; Continue information dissemination through the virtual Montana Autism Center.

Project Leads: Martin Blair, Director, Montana UCEDD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and Ann Garfinkle, LTSAE Ambassador, UM Dept. of Teaching and Learning
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Puzzle Pieces: Putting Together the Picture of Adult Life

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT

Have you ever done a jigsaw puzzle? You start with a pile of pieces and, one at a time, fit the pieces together so you can see the picture. Figuring out how your adult life will look is a bit like putting together a puzzle. Join presenters from the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities Consumer Advisory Council to explore pieces of adulthood such as mental health, transportation, college, recreation and more...and watch the puzzle take shape!

Intended audience: Youth and young adults with disabilities, parents and other family members, individuals who support young people in their transition to adult life

Presenters: Members of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities Consumer Advisory Council

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Shelley's Three Loves of Life

shelley emerging leader

By Lauren Beyer, Rural Institute Project Assistant

Shelley is a 21-year-old young woman who lives in Missoula. She pursues an active life, filled with meaningful relationships, recreation, and a path towards employment.

Shelley was featured as an Emerging Leader a number of years ago when she was a junior in high school. Much has changed since then. She has matured beyond prom queen and water girl for the high school basketball team. She has started her own business. The road to this point has not always been easy, though.

Continue reading Shelley's story on the Transition and Employment Projects newsletter:

A busy week in the Nation’s Capital!

Marty Blair and Jason B at US Capitol

Marty Blair and Jason Billehus were part of a Montana disability delegation to the 2016 Disability Policy Seminar earlier this week. They participated in a number of meetings and seminars focused on improving policies and programs for people with disabilities.Montana Coffee 2016 Marty Blair with Senators Tester, Daines and Representative Zinke They met with the Montana Congressional delegation and their staff: Senators Tester, Daines and Representative Zinke.

AMCHP meeting in DC

Marty Blair at the AMCHP meeting

The AMCHP meeting in DC last week was outstanding. Marty Blair, Director of the Rural Institute, attended the meeting and met some wonderful new people and connected with several Montana colleagues. Tarra Thomas, chair of the Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities was there and he had an opportunity to visit with AUCD staff, Ben and Shannon. He also had lunch with several Montana Title 5 staff. There was certainly no shortage of good ideas and talked about future collaborations.


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