The University of Montana Rural Institute serves as a resource in education, research, and service as it relates to the needs of rural people in Montana with disabilities, including their families and those who serve and support them.
The Rural Institute is one of a national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).
Major activities include:
- providing training of personnel who serve and educate individuals with disabilities and their families;
- research and evaluation to assist people with disabilities to lead healthy, productive lives in their communities;
- community supports and services including training and technical assistance;
- dissemination of information to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families living in rural areas;
- and, leveraging current funding sources by developing and submitting grant and contract applications, and recovering costs associated with the delivery of services.
In all we do, we involve stakeholders as advisors so activities are consumer-responsive, family-focused, and sensitive to the cultural heritage and values of people with disabilities and their families.