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KIDS, FAMILIES, SCHOOLS & THE LAW: Working Together for Success

October 24-25, 2014
Great Falls College MSU
Heritage Hall
2100 16th Avenue South, Entrance A
Great Falls, Montana

This two day event is sponsored by Disability Rights Montana in collaboration with Great Falls Public Schools, Great Falls College MSU, and Parents Let’s Unite for Kids (PLUK). Information will be offered to parents, family members, students, paraprofessionals, teachers, school administrators, psychologists, counselors, attorneys, and members of the community. Parents and family members can learn about their children’s legal rights to a free and appropriate education through informed IEP planning. Teachers, administrators, and other school professionals can learn how to better serve children for a more comprehensive education. Attorneys will gain a basic understanding of special education law.

Missoula County Legislative Candidates Forum

Next Thursday, October 2, is the Missoula County Legislative Candidates Forum. It is sponsored by many organizations interested in human and social issues. There will be a strong emphasis on human ability and upcoming legislative issues surrounding aging and disability.

This would be a great opportunity to learn about issues facing Montanans and to make your voice heard.

  • WHEN:  Thursday, October 2, 2014
  • TIME: 4-7 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula, MT

MonTECH's visitors from across borders

Julie Doerner and the MonTECH staff hosted a group of educators visiting from China.

Several devices were demonstrated for the group and MonTECH answered questions pertaining to education and Assistive Technology in the United States .

You can see more of MonTECH's achievements by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Fall Prevention Awareness Day set for Sept. 23 in Missoula

You can read full article on the Missoulian at: http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/booming/fall-prevention-awareness-day-set-for-sept-in-missoula/article_a212886e-3449-11e4-aec4-0019bb2963f4.html

by Mindy Renfro

Falls are a serious public health issue for Montanans. Did you know that this year – and every year – one in three adults aged 65 or older will fall, but less than half will talk to their health care providers about it? Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. Twenty percent to 30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and even increase the risk of early death.

Missoulian: Havre man with ALS gets eye-tracking technology from UM program

Complete article can be read on the Missoulian at http://missoulian.com/news/local/havre-man-with-als-gets-eye-tracking-technology-from-um/article_72b7b566-3305-11e4-9fe8-001a4bcf887a.html

"Give him some time. Brendan Brady has gotten handy at so many things in the seven years he’s lived with the deadly degenerative disease known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

It’s only a matter of time before the 35-year-old Havre man will be able to literally stare down a bucket of ice water onto the likes of Julie Doerner.

As it was Tuesday, Brady got the job done operating the joystick on the right arm of his power chair. He rolled steadily forward, a slight smile on his face, in the parking lot of Pattee Creek Market until gallons of water mounted on a light post doused Doerner."