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ADA 25th Anniversary Film Series

ada 25th anniversary film festivalIn honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the UM Rural Institute for inclusive communities will be featuring a film series to promote reflection across the UM campus on a law that has advanced the quality of life of people with disabilities and in our country.

Free and open to the public.

Please RSVP in order to help us prepare for the events.

All film showings will be:
3:00 pm - 4:30 P.M. in the UC Theatre
Dates: 2/26, 3/25, and 4/15/15
Audience discussions with expert panelists will follow each film.

View film schedule.

Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Guide

developmentalDisabilitiesGuide thMembers of the Montana Transition Training, Information and Resource Center (MT-TIRC) Advisory Board, themselves young adults with developmental disabilities, created this brochure to raise awareness of the mental health needs of youth with developmental disabilities and to suggest skills they think are important for mental health professionals to have when working with this population. 

Inside you'll find:

  • What Young Adults Want YOU to Know
  • What Skills Should a Mental Health Therapist Have?
  • Tips to Help You Feel Better While Experiencing Depression
  • Track Your Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights

 

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University of Montana Rural Institute

Promoting 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 Featured Project - Home Usability Networks

Principal staff: Craig Ravesloot, Ph.D., Lillie Greiman, M.A., Robert Liston, M.A., Andrew MyersLogo Just homes 277x300

While there is a great deal of research on the relationship between the environment and disability, there is less research on housing and how it affects the health and participation of people with disabilities. The goal of this project was to develop tools to assess whether or not housing is usable and to facilitate development of a local Home Usability Network to help people solve home usability problems.

Read more about The Home Usability Network.

 

RTC: Rural Featured Project

Ecology of Rural Disability

Principal staff: Craig Ravesloot, Ph.D., Tom Seekins, Ph.D., Tracy Boehm, M.P.H., Tannis Hargrove, M.S., Lillie Greiman, M.A.

People feel like they fit in rural communities based on the values they share with their neighbors and continue to live there despite the challenges associated with having limited resources such as access to public transportation. These challenges can be particularly difficult when a person has a disability. This project will look at the experience of disability in rural communities and its long term impact on individuals. Read more about Ecology of Rural Disability.

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RTC Rural screenshotRTC: Rural research has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.

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