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Montana Vocational Rehabilitation & Blind Services and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Join us for a Webinar on April 28, 20151:00-2:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time

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This webinar will cover the changes within the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as they pertain to the Montana VRBS program.  In particular, the presenter will address pre-employment transition services and the collaboration with school districts to provide these services to students with disabilities.

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The Montana Autism Center

screenshot mtautismcenter websiteThe Montana Autism Center was developed in response to a pressing need. Conservative population-based prevalence data (1 in 68 children) suggests that there should be just over 3,000 Montanans with autism under the age of 18 (1 in 42 boys; 1 in 189 girls). According to the most current data, approximately 2,000 children with ASD in Montana aren’t identified. Data for Montana’s adults with ASD is limited to nonexistent.

The Montana Autism Center is a collaboration between the University of Montana’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, and the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. Funding is provided through a variety of sources focused on improving the quality of life of people with disabilities, their families and those who serve and support them.

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June 24-25, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

(registration 7:30-8:30)
Holiday Inn Grand MT, Rains Room
5500 Midland Rd, Billings, MT
Registration Fee: Free!

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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.

Preventable Deaths in Montana: Unintentional Injury Deaths by County

preventable deaths injury thUnintentional injury is the leading cause of death among people aged 1-44 years and the rate has been steadily increasing in Montana since 1994. Of deaths due to unintentional injury in Montana, the majority are related to motor vehicle crashes, falls, and poisonings. The Montana Injury Prevention Program (MIPP) has chosen to focus on these priority areas. This report describes the rate of premature death due to unintentional injury at the county level. Comparing these rates across the state allows communities to identify potentially preventable deaths in their area and take steps to reduce the burden of unintentional injury for their population.

Download the Preventable Deaths in Montana: Unintentional Injury Deaths by County PDF

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Montana's Resource for Assistive Technology Tools and Services

MonTECH website screenshotMonTECH strives to ensure that all people in Montana with disabilities have equitable access to assistive technology devices and services in order to enhance their independence, productivity, and quality of life. In pursuit of this goal, program staff work with consumers, service providers, educators, therapists, state agencies, private industry, researchers, legislators, and other interested individuals.

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