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University of Montana Rural Institute For Inclusive Communities

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The RIIC provides services, training, and research that supports the independence, inclusion, and participation of people with disabilities.

  • Our community services include assistive technology demonstration and equipment loan to enable independence at home, school, work, and in the community. 
  • Training includes Living Well with a Disability, a health promotion program that helps participants reach quality of life goals through healthy lifestyles.
  • Research areas include rural transportation and employment options to support economic independence.  The 40+ RIIC projects focus on employment, independent and healthy living, education, accessible housing, and transportation to enable rural Americans to be fully included in their communities.

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

What is AUCD?

"AUCD is a network of people, with and without disabilities, who are passionate about growing the next generation of leaders and driving positive change for people with disabilities and their families. In this video, learn about the nationwide network of AUCD centers and programs, and the many ways they work to improve our communities. Join us as we work together to advance the well-being of all people with disabilities and their families."

Montana Children’s Special Health Services Survey

Revised Frequently Asked Questions about the 2016 Montana Children’s Special Health Services Survey

This survey is a statewide project, organized in partnership with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), CSHS section and the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana. The purpose of the survey is to better understand and meet the needs of Montanan children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. To do this, we are asking randomly selected CYSHCN caregivers to answer questions about the current care their child or youth with a special healthcare need receives in the healthcare setting.

October is Disability Employment Month

2016 Disability Employment MonthMontana Disability & Health Update: Montanans living with disability experience poorer health compared to those living without disability. Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) “...provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.”

Living Well and Working Well with a Disability: Two programs provided by Montana Centers for Independent Living to help people realize meaningful life goals. like employment, through peer support and improved health. Working Well builds on the concepts introduced in the Living Well program but focuses on improving health in preparation for, or maintaining, employment.

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Happenings at Rural Institute

Major Programs within the Rural Institute