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Autism Research

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The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities has been asked by our partners at the University of Washington to help them learn more about ASD and what causes it.

For additional information on how your family can help, please visit the SPARK website for questions and assistance.

The Rural Institute receives no fee or royalty for Montana participation. Our sole purpose is to share information and to be part of the solution.

Please visit the Montana Autism Center for more information about ASD in Montana, www.mtautism.org

Montana Children’s Special Health Services Survey

young boy with mouth guardThe Montana Children’s Special Health Services Survey is mailed to a sample of families with a child(ren) or youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in Montana. This survey is about the current care families and their child(ren) or youth with special healthcare needs receive in the healthcare setting, with particular focus within the medical home and transition to adulthood systems of care.

Read more about the Children's Special Health Services Survey

Amy - Living Life to the Fullest

Meet Our Featured Emerging Leader

By Lauren Beyer, Rural Institute Project Assistant

amy emerging leaderAmy was featured as an Emerging Leader six years ago. She just celebrated her 40th birthday and is constantly changing and growing as a compassionate and independent adult.
 
Amy's parents live outside of Bozeman, Montana in the Gallatin Gateway. Upon her graduation from Bozeman High School, Amy decided she would like to stay in the area. Her parents bought her a house so she could have her own space. The house is a split-level duplex. Amy rents the first floor, and her family rents out the upstairs. Amy's self-sufficiency goes much further than her ability to live independently. She operates her own vehicle and her driving skills, paired with her GPS, make her unstoppable.

You can read more about Amy on the Transition and Employment Projects newsletter.

Community Investment Fund

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.

Read more about 2016 Community Investment Fund

Wheels Across Montana

Wheels Across Montana MonTECH

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.

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