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Improving life for rural Americans with disabilities

University of Montana Rural Institute

Rural Institute (RI) is committed to creating better lives for rural people with disabilities and their families. With innovative services, training and research, RI strives to improve independence and participation of people with disabilities in everyday activities and all aspects of the community.

 The Rural Institute is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

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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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