Montana Rehabilitation Award goes to UM Advocate
“A leader for change” is how one colleague put it. Another said, “Without Theresa there would be many young people who would not be getting the education…to prepare them for the future.” They are talking about Theresa Baldry, a long-time disability advocate and part-time UM staff based in Miles City, Montana. Theresa was recently recognized by the Montana Rehabilitation Association with the 2014 President’s Award. This honor is given annually to an individual who has made a major contribution to the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities on a state-wide basis.
Theresa’s UM colleagues said it this way, “Her personal journey raising a son with disabilities has given Theresa amazing insight into the process that is needed to assure that individuals with disabilities have appropriate choices.” They add, that she is a “strong advocate” and that her “experience enables her to provide practical guidance and information.”
Among many other things, Theresa coordinates MonTECH activities in eastern Montana working primarily with schools and local communities to improve educational and life outcomes for young people with disabilities. MonTECH is a major community support of UM’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities.
Theresa’s influence across Montana is felt in every corner of the state. She works tirelessly to learn and share with colleagues, families, students and others. Her UM connection goes well beyond being an employee. Theresa and her family are “Miles City Griz Fans” (pictured with son Isaac). Her daughter, Erika, is a senior in UM’s Ecology and Organismal Biology program, also seeking a minor in Global Public Health.