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Webinar Series: Understanding and Nurturing the Communicative Competence of Learners with Significant Disabilities

 Philip Schweigert

The Montana Deaf-Blind Project, in partnership with the Montana Transition Resources Project, welcomes Philip Schweigert, M.Ed, for a two-part webinar series in August. The webinar series is focused on Understanding and Nurturing the Communicative Competence of Learners with Significant Disabilities. Session 1 looks at Recognizing the Communication Abilities of Learners with Significant Disabilities, while Session 2 focuses on Promoting the Communicative Competence of Learners with Significant Disabilities

Four Students Complete the URLEND Program

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This year, four Montana students completed the Utah Regional Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (URLEND) training in family-centered care for children and youth with special health care needs. URLEND students from five states (Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota) met weekly via video conference to learn how they can provide optimal services to children and adolescents with special health care needs.

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2020 Community Investment Fund

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Applications for the 2020 Community Investment Fund are now being accepted! The Community Investment Fund is made available annually for innovative projects that help people with disabilities live, learn, work and play in their communities alongside people without disabilities. Any Montana organization, agency, non-profit group, or individual with a creative idea developed by/with people with disabilities to promote community inclusion is eligible to apply. Please note: due to University contracting requirements, successful applicants will be required to have liability insurance and either Workers' Compensation coverage or a Workers' Compensation exemption certificate.

More Information and Applications

Project spotlight: Understanding personal assistance services experiences in rural states

man in wheelchair with friend at an eventDr. Rayna Sage and Lillie Greiman are conducting a one-year project exploring how personal assistance services (PAS) are provided in rural areas. Specifically:

  • What barriers do PAS workers experience delivering rural PAS services?
  • What strategies do PAS workers use to overcome barriers delivering rural PAS services?

Census data will help answer these questions. Unpublished data indicates rural areas have fewer personal assistance services workers, compared to people with disabilities than urban areas.

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FALL 2020 - Native American Studies 595 Section 50

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The Rural Institute is excited to share information on the online University of Montana course:

NASX 595-50 Special Topics:
The Intersectionality of Disability, American Indians and Rurality: Part 1

This online course is designed to teach students about the intersections between disability, race, and place. Public health topics relevant to American Indians with disability who reside on American Indian reservations will be presented.

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