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Rural Institute Annual Report 2018Rural 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.The national enrollment for the All of Us Research Program is open now!

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Disability Rights Montana will be posting an electronic newsletter each Friday during the 2019 legislative session.  They will give you information about upcoming budget and general bill hearings, developments for other bills we are following and action alerts when these bills are coming up for votes.

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Partnering with Women with Disabilities to Develop a Health Information Website

Dr. Rosemary Hughes of the University of Montana’s Rural Institute, and Dr. Margaret Nosek of Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD) are principal investigators on a 3-year grant from the NIH National Library of Medicine, “Partnering with Women with Disabilities to Develop a Health Information Website.” The grant award was made to Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Nosek is the contact principal investigator. The project involves a close partnership with a Community Advisory Board, a Medical Advisory Board, and the Texas Medical Center Library, to expand health information on the CROWD website and make it more interactive and accessible for women with disabilities. You can follow the progress on this project and offer comments at

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and we want to take this time to highlight one of the many Rural Institute research projects designed to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.quote: The project is very important because sometimes people don't realize pople with disabilities are capable of doing things like this

Project spotlight: Partnering with People with Developmental Disabilities to Address Violence

Project summary

The objective of the project was to partner closely with people with developmental disabilities (DD) to develop accessible measures for people with DD and then use those measures to examine the effect of childhood and adult abuse on physical and psychological health outcomes in people with DD. 

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