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Montana Independent Living Project (mILp) Receives 2020 Community Investment Fund

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In 2015, the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) established the Community Investment Fund (CIF). CIF awards support innovative projects or programs that help Montanans with disabilities live, learn, work and play alongside people without disabilities. Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) members use their leadership and advocacy skills to review each application, evaluate the merits of the proposals, and award the funds.

The 2020 CIF award goes to the Montana Independent Living Project (mILp) to continue and expand their successful Feel Great and Recreate – All-Ability Adaptive Ice Skating project. This all-ages project offers adaptive, inclusive, cross-disability recreational programming. In the 2019-20 season, over 160 people skated over 450 times!

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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

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