The University of Montana
Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, And Service
Welcome to the Rural Institute website. On our website we strive to provide useful resources and information on a variety of topics related to disabilities that we have explored through a multitude of projects. Please look through our Project Areas and Major Programs drop down menus to find more information about current and past projects and explore the resources available.
UM Trainee with a Lifelong Commitment to People with Disabilities
Jenn Banna is a UM parent leadership trainee in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) program. URLEND works with UM’s Rural Institute and other universities to develop leaders who can improve health and educational outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and their families.
Circular graphs show relationships between time use and transportation
Andrew Myers uses circular graphs or “Circos graphs” as a visual tool to highlight relationships derived from large amounts of data from the American Time Use Survey. Circos graphs were initially used in the natural sciences to represent genome sequences, however, their utility for visualizing large data is particularly helpful for representing relationships between time use and transportation use among Americans with mobility impairments.
Student Employee helps meet Assistive Technology needs
Devon Geertsen, a junior in UM’s Department of Management Information Systems, has a great job at the UM Rural Institute’s MonTECH program; he helps students with disabilities find specialized software apps to help them be successful. These apps include note-taking software like Google Drive, class and assignment scheduling software like iStudiez, specialized electronic boods, and the Livescribe smartpen, which records lectures.