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National Center on Deaf-Blindness Partners with the Rural Institute

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The Rural Institute partners with the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) to provide support to Deaf-Blind projects around the country. The Rural Institute provides technical assistance on transition from school to adult life.

For more information on the NCDB, click on the video link below.

Welcome to the National Center on Deaf-Blindness

If you would like to talk to a Rural Institute staff member about the NCDB or Rural Institute Deaf-Blind projects, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Apply for the MOMS Rapid Response Mini-Grant

infographic with Montana Obstetrics & Maternal Support (MOMS) logo and value statments Addressing uique challenges of rural healthcare, connecting providers with expert consultation, improving access to obstetric care, mental health and SUD for Montana women, and promoting innovation in maternal care

According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Montana has the 6th highest maternal mortality ratio in the nation. Racial and rural health disparities plague Montana’s health system with 52 of Montana’s 56 counties having at least one Medically-Underserved Area (MEA) designation.

The Montana Obstetrics and Maternal Health Support (MOMS) program connects rural providers to obstetrical/gynecological, perinatal, mental health and substance abuse specialists to support perinatal providers. MOMS is a Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)-funded grant to improve maternal health across the state of Montana.

The Rural Institute is the Research and Evaluation partner for the MOMS program.

Learn more and apply!

2021 Community Investment Fund

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Applications for the 2021 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. To learn more, watch the CIF video and visit the CIF website.

Introduction to Deaf-Blindness Webinar Series

Dr. Susan M. Bashinski

The Montana Deaf-Blind Project is pleased to announce our three-part "Introduction to Deaf-Blindness" webinar series. Register now for these free opportunities to learn about dual sensory impairments from Dr. Susan M. Bashinski, a nationally-renowned expert.

Session 1, What Is Deaf-Blindness?, will introduce a functional definition of deaf-blindness, along with the key questions to be answered in order to determine if a particular learner experiences deaf-blindness. Session 2, Introduction to Vision Loss and to Hearing Loss, will examine vision loss and hearing loss independently and discuss the way in which diagnosticians describe each sensory loss.  Session 3, Unique Learning Needs and Building Structure through Routines, will discuss general characteristics of learners with Deaf-Blindness within the context of what communication partners should remember and strategies they should utilize when they meet and interact with them. 

MT OPI renewal unit credit is available.

March 24, April 7, and April 21, 2021
Event Flier and Registration Links

Rural Institute Executive Director Moderates Together We Grow Forum

Together we grow, advancing american agriculture logo and Martin Blair

Together We Grow (TOG) is “a consortium of modern food and agriculture companies, NGOs, members of academia and the government who have united to focus on building a skilled, diverse and inclusive workforce to make American agriculture a leader for generations to come.” AUCD is an original member of the Together We Grow consortium.

The agriculture industry is facing a workforce shortage. People with disabilities represent a large, untapped employee resource for agriculture-related training, mentorship and job-placement programs.

Continue reading about the Together We Grow webinar

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