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A Parent’s Perspective: Navigating Face Coverings

Elizabeth and Charlie family

Everyone is talking about masks.  As the research on their effectiveness as a tool to battle the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so does the list of places requiring them.  Montana recently joined the states with a mask mandate, perhaps raising questions for many families with an individual with a disability.  I am a parent of a child with complex special needs and have had these thoughts going through my mind over the last months as well.  Could my son Charlie ever wear a mask?  How would I teach him?  What does the new normal mean for my unique family?

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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

URLEND Feb2018

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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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 Unpublished data indicates rural areas have fewer personal assistance services workers, compared to people with disabilities than urban areas.

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