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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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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

Webinar: SSI Work Incentives for Youth Who Work

Tiffany Costa

The Montana Deaf-Blind Project and the Montana Transition Resources Project are pleased to welcome Tiffany Costa for this free learning opportunity. Join this webinar to learn about different Social Security Administration (SSA) work incentives available for youth who are thinking about going to work and who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) cash benefits.  OPI renewal unit credit is available.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time

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