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University of Montana Rural Institute

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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Another Movin’ On Camp in the Books!

group of Movin On participants in front of UM signThe fourth Movin’ On in Montana Summer Camp brought together eleven Montana high school students and recent graduates with disabilities to experience college life at the University of Montana. This July, students from Great Falls, Helena, Butte, Frenchtown, Cascade and Missoula slept in dorms, ate on campus, attended college lectures, learned about University resources, took the city bus to an Osprey baseball game and ended the week rafting down the Bitterroot river.  

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Local Partnership Leads to International Connections

Vietnam partnership group

In the fall of 2018, the Rural Institute and Summit Independent Living hosted Nguyen Thi Van, a Mansfield Center Fellow from Vietnam, who was visiting Missoula as part of the Professional Fellows Program.

This spring, Bronwyn Troutman, Community Living Specialist at Summit Independent Living in Missoula, was selected as an outbound YSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative) Fellow through the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. Bronwyn and Anna-Margaret Goldman, director of MonTECH, traveled to Vietnam to further the collaboration and partnership between the Rural Institute, Summit Independent Living Center, and the organizations associated with Ms. Nguyen.

We are excited to share the following post by Bronwyn Troutman about her trip to Vietnam.

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US-Egypt Study Tour of University Disability Service Centers Funded

Anna-Margaret Goldman and Kaitlin Fertaly of the Rural Institute, and Amy Capolupo of Disability Services for Students at the University of Montana (UM), in partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder (CU), competed for and were awarded funding to host 19 higher education professionals from 5 Egyptian public universities.

The purpose of the 10-day day study tour is to strengthen the capacity of Egyptian university staff to administer newly established Disability Support Centers and ensure equal access to higher education for university students with disabilities. Participants, including officials from the Egyptian Ministry of Education, will travel to Missoula, MT, and Boulder, CO, for presentations and trainings in the fall.

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