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Students Awarded Research Scholarships

Lorraine Adams was awarded the Watkins Undergraduate Research Scholarship through the University of Montana Davidson Honors College for the spring semester of 2014. Using qualitative interviews, Lorraine is examining health literacy from a patient’s perspective.

Cathy Berendts was awarded the Watkins Undergraduate Research Scholarship through the University of Montana Davidson Honors College for spring semester of 2014. Cathy is examining data from the Pain Interference Patterns project collected by a UM Rural Institute (www.ruralinstitute.org) research team and funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, (NIDRR; H133G110077).

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Students Learn about Assistive Technology

When Shy Iverson had to prepare a presentation about blindness for his Exceptionalities and Classroom Management class this past semester, he asked Julie Doerner for help. Julie is the Clinical Coordinator at the UM Rural Institute MonTECH program. Shy learned about Braille keyboards, special scanners, and other equipment that help students who are blind or have low vision. Shy said, "The presentation went over very well. We were able to present a wide variety of Assistive Technology devices to the class that broadened everyone's understanding of how teachers can and should approach blindness in a classroom."

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Adaptive Equipment for Outdoor Recreation Helps Make the Environment Accessible

Chris Clasby, a former employee of UM’s MonTECH (Montana's Assistive Technology Program), is featured in a recent Montana PBS episode of "Backroads of Montana.” You will see how Chris uses adaptive equipment to continue experiencing the outdoors after his accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Chris floats down the Missouri River on a modified raft using an adapted fishing rod that works off compressed air. He operates the casting and reeling with his chin. He moves the controller left and right to cast and presses down to reel in the line. “It's the same feeling I had when I fished before I had a disability. Disability does not define you. I’m still the same person I was. It's the same exact thing.”

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Leadership Training in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Julia Hammond

Julia Hammond, a University of Montana doctoral student in Clinical Psychology with a neuropsychology and child & family emphasis, received a scholarship to attend the mid-November conference of the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD). Julia is preparing to work with children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as traumatic brain injury and autism.

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