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    For Inclusive Communities

    Improving the skills, abilities, and quality of life of people with disabilities in rural communities, including their families and those who serve and support them.

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    INDEPENDENCE

    We teach how assistive technology helps people live more independently at home, school, work, and in the community.

    We conduct research to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities in rural areas. Our research and training activities help improve the economic status and independence of people with disabilities.

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    INCLUSION

    We develop and evaluate innovative health promotion activities in rural areas. Our goal is to help people with physical or mental limitations learn to “live well and safely” in their own homes and communities.

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    INTEGRATION

    Our Early Childhood programs offer on-going education and training to childcare providers, families, and to teachers of young children with disabilities. We help children and their families achieve greater independence at home and in the community.

    We provide Education and Interdisciplinary Training across the human service and education systems in Montana.

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University of Montana Rural Institute

For Inclusive Communities

Since 1978, the University of Montana Rural Institute has worked to improve the skills, abilities, and quality of life of people with disabilities in rural communities, including their families and those who serve and support them.
 
Rural Institute initiatives focus on promoting independence, productivity, integration and community inclusion in rural and frontier communities.
 
Major activities include:
  1. providing training of personnel who serve and educate individuals with disabilities and their families;
  2. research and evaluation to assist people with disabilities to lead healthy, productive lives in their communities;
  3. community supports and services including training and technical assistance;
  4. dissemination of information to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families living in rural areas;
  5. 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.

RTC: Rural - Centers for Independent Living in Your Community

man in wheelchair with friendsCenters for Independent Living (CILs) are non-profit, community-based organizations that provide peer support, information and referral services, advocacy, independent living skills training, and transition youth services for people with disabilities. CILs are developed and operated by people with disabilities and provide services in accordance with the tenets of Independent Living philosophy that emphasize consumer choice and control.  CIL services are flexible and responsive to the changing needs of their consumers, serving individuals across the lifespan, across disability and across gender and race.  Centers for Independent Living across the country offer activities, classes and opportunities to develop lasting, supportive friendships that help reduce feelings of isolation and encourage participation in the broader community.

Continue reading article on RTC: Rural website: http://rtc.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/centers-for-independent-living-in-your-community/

RTC:Rural - WIOA Anniversary-July 2015

young man workingstk212419rke 300x300The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014, and is an amendment to the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. A large federal legislative bill that encompasses The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, WIOA authorizes the formula grant programs for vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, client assistance, and Independent Living.

Continue reading about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at http://rtc.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/wioa-anniversary-july-2015/

RTC: Rural - Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25 on July 26th

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 25 on July 26th.  The ADA, a civil rights law passed in 1990, “prohibits discrimination in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public” (ADA National Network).  But, while the law is nearly 25 years old, there is still much work to be done to ensure people with disabilities are able to fully access all areas of community life.

In order to keep the Americans with Disabilities Act at the forefront of public policy and to emphasize its importance not only to people with disabilities but to everyone interested in civil rights, celebrations are happening all across the country with the ADA Legacy Bus Tour.

Continue reading ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration at http://rtc.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/americans-with-disabilities-act-turns-25-on-july-26th

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Planning Your Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care Workbook

transition workbookThis publication is designed for Montanans under age 30 living with special health care needs and/or a disability. It offers information about preparing for the transition from pediatric to adult health care, choosing medical providers, paying for services, taking responsibility for one’s own health, and much more.

The revised workbook is available on the Transition and Employment Projects website (http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition/articles.asp) and http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition/PlanningYourTransitionWorkbook.asp.

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