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A Parent’s Perspective: Learn the Signs. Act Early.

faces of 4 babies with tagline Act Early

The Rural Institute (RI) is working with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to support early identification of development delays in children, ages 0-5, using the Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) health education program. We are featuring guest blog posts written by Montana State University Nursing students that promote the Learn the Signs. Act Early program. The post below is the first in a series.

My name is Katherine Jones. I am an MSU Nursing student working alongside local LTSAE ambassadors, stakeholders and fellow nursing students Nate Goodwin and Logan Robinson. We have teamed up with the Rural Institute with the goal raising awareness of LTSAE in our community as well as throughout Montana.

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Webinar: Promoting Work Experiences for Students

Andrew Lowney, Lillian McGinn, and Sheri Devlin

Join presenters Andrew Lowney, Sheri Devlin, and Lillian McGinn to Learn about Promoting Work Experiences for Students: Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) in Montana. This webinar will introduce families and professionals to the concept and help them understand how to access Pre-ETS. Participants will learn how Vocational Rehabilitation, high schools, Community Rehabilitation Programs, Independent Living Centers, universities and other programs are working together to help students with disabilities prepare for life after high school. Presenters will share examples of how students with the most significant impact of disability are receiving Pre-ETS. There will be a special focus on Pre-ETS for students with hearing and/or vision loss. 

OPI renewal unit credit is available.

Date: December 3rd, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:30 Mountain Time

Webinar: Developing Talents, Strengths and Interests to Discover a Dream for Tomorrow

Kim and Alana Norris-Scrano in Library

After an alarming "SLAM, SLAM, SLAM," Kim often comments to complete strangers how her daughter, Alana's, perfect job would be testing the durability of new products for Anderson Windows and Doors. This one-liner joke is quite successful in bringing smiles to previously startled faces, but there's quite a bit of truth to it. Alana was born with complex multiple disabilities, so Kim has known for years that her daughter's path to employment would be unique.  In this webinar, you will learn how to open the floodgates of possibility for individuals like Alana by seeing the potential in their preferred tasks. OPI renewal unit credit is available.

Engaging Students with Disabilities in Virtual Learning

Mary Jo Krile, Ph.D

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, students with disabilities were required to abruptly transition to the use of virtual platforms for everyday activities, such as learning, doctor/service provider appointments, and maintaining a social life. This resulted in educators, parents, guardians, caretakers, and service providers being required to assume the role of technology moderators for students with disabilities. Many new challenges, in which strategies and answers were not available, surfaced.

Please join Dr. Mary Jo Krile for this webinar presentation for a brief overview of the challenges faced, as well as several strategies for addressing them. OPI renewal unit credit is available.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
4:00-5:00 Mountain Daylight Time


Turning 18? What You Should Know About Social Security

Margaret Keener

The Montana Deaf-Blind Project and the Montana Transition Resources Project are pleased to welcome Margaret Keener for this free learning opportunity.  This webinar explores the changes that come into play when a person turns 18 years old, both in life and with Social Security, including: What the Redetermination process is and how to best prepare for it; What other Social Security disability programs 18-year-olds might qualify for, and how to identify and access them; and What Work Incentives are geared towards younger individuals who receive Social Security benefits.  OPI renewal unit credit is available.

Wednesday, October  14, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time

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