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Montana Children’s Special Health Services Statewide Survey and Community Discussion Forum

Updates

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    The Montana Children’s Special Health Services (CSHS) Survey was mailed to a sample of families with a child(ren) or youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in Montana. Deadline to submit the Survey is May 15th, 2017. If you intend to mail in your survey please do so no later than 4-5 business days prior to the May 15th deadline.
  2. We are in our final phase of the CSHS Project and will be hosting Community Discussion Forums across Montana in April and May 2017. During these forums, parents and primary caregivers of CYSHCN will be asked to discuss and interpret the Montana Children’s Special Health Services Survey current findings.

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UM to Host Activities Promoting Autism Awareness

In conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month this April, several University of Montana departments and organizations will join forces to call attention to Autism Spectrum Disorder, which affects about one in every 68 children in the U.S. and is the fastest-growing disability category in Montana’s public education system.

Students and faculty members from UM’s psychology, communicative sciences and disorders, and teaching and learning departments will highlight the University’s efforts to address ASD, as well as provide information and resources, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, on the UM Oval.

Volunteers with the UM student groups Operation Smile and Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action (SCHWA) also will participate, and UM mascot Monte will be on hand from 1 to 2 p.m.

http://news.umt.edu/2017/03/033017atsm.php

Celebrate Acceptance

This fun event supports a fund for educational materials for kids on the autism spectrum at the Child Development Center. Celebrate Acceptance, April 7 from 5 - 8pm at MSO Hub/Bicycle Hangar, 140 N. Higgins, Missoula, MT

Autism Acceptance Event

Classroom-Based Pre-ETS Activities

Pre ETS TAC 72dpiThursday, April 13, 2017

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

Free Webinar

Presenters will share ideas of activities promoting work and college readiness for students with disabilities that can be facilitated by Montana Vocational Rehabilitation staff in the classroom. In addition to suggested activities, developed curricula and free resources will be shared.

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More Than Words® on June 23-25, 2017

Presented by Early Childhood Intervention

Hanen's More Than Words workshop has just been updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques.

When you make the commitment to attend More Than Words, you take the first step towards fundamentally changing the way you provide intervention. What you learn will make a more tangible difference for families and young children than you ever could have imagined.

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Jace Peterson – Wheels Across Montana

Jace bike Dad Justus Words cannot describe how grateful we are for the amazing program Wheels Across Montana made possible through a Dana & Christopher Reeve foundation High Impact grant!  Because of this program, Jace was able to actually ride a bike—all by himself—for the very first time.  The pure joy he felt was seen through his huge smile while pedaling this super cool bike.

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Preparing Students with Disabilities for Careers and College through an Evolution of Pre-ETS Activities Part 2

TPre ETS TAC 72dpihis webinar is the second of a two-part series discussing the array of activities that Montana students can participate in within the five required Pre-ETS categories: Job Exploration Counseling, Work-Based Learning Experiences, Counseling for Post-Secondary Education, Workplace Readiness Training, and Instruction in Self-Advocacy. Presenters will provide examples of activities in each area, illustrate how many of the areas can be addressed through combined meaningful activities, and demonstrate through examples how an evolution of Pre-ETS services for each individual student best prepares them for college and careers.  

2017 Montana Legislative Session

Information on bills that are important. Important for families to call or e-mail members of committees. Attending would be great as well.

1.  SB 198 Require DPHHS to follow federal regulations for Early Periodic Screening and Diagnostic. Sponsored by Senator Caferro

Hearing on Wednesday February 15th at 3:00pm room 317 Senate Public Health

http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2017/billpdf/SB0198.pdf

Member Public Health Committee Assignment Town
David Howard  (R) SD 29  Chair Park City
Cary Smith  (R) SD 27  Vice Chair Billings
Mary Caferro  (D) SD 41  Member Helena
Jen Gross  (D) SD 25  Member Billings
Steve Hinebauch  (R) SD 18  Member Wibaux
Frederick (Eric) Moore  (R) SD 19  Member Miles City
Albert Olszewski  (R) SD 6  Member Kalispell
Diane Sands  (D) SD 49  Member Missoula
Jason D Small  (R) SD 21  Member Busby

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Inclusion - We All Benefit

cac IB PhotoBy Isaac Baldry

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YouTube Video including Isacc's Presentation

First, I want to thank you, for taking the time, to be part of a conversation, about inclusion. I really wanted to be a part of this webinar, because of how important inclusion is to me. When I started thinking about, and planning what I wanted to say, it felt like such a big project. I decided to start, with why do I feel the way I do, about inclusion.

If you have heard me speak before, you've heard me talk about being part of a big family. I think my views on inclusion, were again impacted by the values of my family.

It seems odd to say this, but I don't think, growing up, my younger siblings, even knew, I had a disability. My disability was just a part; of who I was. The expectation, was that we were all, doing everything together. Anyone of us could have needed something, in order to participate. We just looked at what did we want to do, and what would be needed to accomplish it.  In the community, we had to consider wheelchair access, for me to participate with my family. If lack of access meant I couldn't participate, then no one participated. If it wasn’t something we could do together, then it didn't have value to our family.

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Feb. 9 Webinar

Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Careers and College through an Evolution of Pre-ETS Activities - Part 1

Thursday, February 9, 2017
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MST

Pre ETS TAC 72dpi

This webinar is the first of a two-part series discussing the array of activities that students can participate in within the five required Pre-ETS categories: Job Exploration Counseling, Work-Based Learning Experiences, Counseling for Post-Secondary Education, Workplace Readiness Training, and Instruction in Self-Advocacy.

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