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Montana Youth in Transition Conference

Register now for the Montana Youth in Transition Conference, to be held November 5-7, 2014, in Missoula!

The Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council is recruiting a representative from the Montana Developmental Disabilities Program, as well as individuals with developmental disabilities from the north and south central areas of the state to serve on the council.

The advisory council helps various Rural Institute projects determine necessary and appropriate activities, establish priorities, develop work plans, craft products, deliver training, and conduct evaluation activities. Term lengths run for 12 months and may be renewed. Meetings are held quarterly; one meeting is face-to-face (generally in Missoula or Helena) and the other three are conference calls. In addition, council members may be asked to serve on work groups or task forces, which could require additional meetings by conference call.

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Living and Working Well: Health Promotion for People with Mobility Impairments

Upcoming RHI Webinar!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
10:00 to 11:00 A.M. MTN
Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/396049714

Join us to learn about two community-based programs that support the health, quality of life, and participation of people living with disabilities in Montana.

Access to healthcare is both a common rural healthcare problem and a specific problem for people with disabilities. When these two challenges are combined, the individual with a disability who lives in a rural area confronts additional barriers to receiving the quality of care that support health, quality of life, and participation in rural communities.

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Early Exposure to People with Physical and Sensory Disabilities and Later Attitudes Toward Social Interactions and Inclusion

Emily M. Lund, Tom Seekins

Abstract

This study assessed the relationship between exposure to classmates with visible impairments in primary and secondary schools with later attitudes toward people with disabilities.  Fifty college students (mean age = 20.28 years; 76% female) completed measures assessing the extent and quality of recalled exposure to classmates with disabilities in elementary and secondary school. Attitudes toward social inclusion and toward a hypothetical social interaction were also measured. Participants reported generally high levels and quality of exposure, with significantly more exposure at the secondary level. Quality of exposure at both the elementary and secondary levels was significantly (p < .01) correlated with more positive cognitions (i.e., thoughts) during a hypothetical social interaction. Cognitions were not significantly correlated with emotions or behaviors and amount of elementary exposure was negatively correlated with attitudes to social inclusion (p < .05). These results suggest a possible relation between positive early experiences and later friendship intentions that should be further explored.

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Upcoming Montana's Rural Health Initiative Webinar!

Building Inclusive Playgrounds in Montana:  Examples from Missoula and Helena

Thurday, August 7, 2014   |   12:00 to 1:00 P.M. MTN

Register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/490294786

Learn how two Montana communities brought accessible opportunities to local playgrounds to make fun - inclusive. 

Meg Traci, Director of the Montana Disability and Health Program of the Rural Institute will be one of the presenters.

Outdoor play is critical for healthy child development, and children learn from play in a variety of ways:  physical, cognitive, emotional, and sensory.  Children with disabilities are empowered when the built environment meets their needs for play. Indeed, all children benefit when play spaces are designed for children of all abilities to play together.

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Fishing Derby

MonTECH Recreation

Montana’s outdoors are some of the most beautiful natural landscapes on earth. Unfortunately many Montanans have a difficult time enjoying all the outdoors has to offer due to physical limitations. MonTECH is an organization that uses state funding and grants to loan assistive technology to Montanans in need.

Recently MonTECH joined up with the Missoula Parks and Recreation department to put on a series of youth fishing derbies. During 2 sessions between 70 and 90 families participated in the derby fishing in the Clark Fork river in Missoula. During the event Parks and Rec. taught sustainable fishing practices to the youth and their families. They even awarded prizes for biggest and smallest fish, as well as prettiest and ugliest fish.

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