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The University of Montana Rural Institute improves the quality of life for people with disabilities in rural communities, their families, and service providers.

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Independence

RIIC teaches how assistive technology helps people live more independently at home, school, work, and in the community. We conduct research to improve employment outcomes, economic status, and independence for people with disabilities in rural communities.

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Inclusion

The Rural Institute develops and evaluates innovative health promotion activities in rural areas in Montana and throughout the United States. Our goal is to help people with physical or mental limitations learn to “live well and safely” in their own homes and communities.

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Integration

The RIIC Early Childhood programs offer on-going education and training to childcare providers, families, and to teachers of young children with disabilities. We provide Education and Interdisciplinary Training across the human service and education systems in Montana.

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University of Montana Rural Institute For Inclusive Communities

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The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) offers research, interdisciplinary education, community supports and services, and information sharing activities enabling rural Americans with disabilities to be fully included in their communities. We focus on employment, independent and healthy living, education, and accessible transportation and housing.

The Rural Institute is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living. RIIC is committed to a future where rural people with disabilities are able to live as fully integrated and participating members of their communities.

Autism Research

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The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities has been asked by our partners at the University of Washington to help them learn more about ASD and what causes it.

For additional information on how your family can help, please visit the SPARK website for questions and assistance.

The Rural Institute receives no fee or royalty for Montana participation. Our sole purpose is to share information and to be part of the solution.

Please visit the Montana Autism Center for more information about ASD in Montana, www.mtautism.org

Montana Children’s Special Health Services Survey

young boy with mouth guardThe Montana Children’s Special Health Services Survey is mailed to a sample of families with a child(ren) or youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in Montana. This survey is about the current care families and their child(ren) or youth with special healthcare needs receive in the healthcare setting, with particular focus within the medical home and transition to adulthood systems of care.

Read more about the Children's Special Health Services Survey

Amy - Living Life to the Fullest

Meet Our Featured Emerging Leader

By Lauren Beyer, Rural Institute Project Assistant

amy emerging leaderAmy was featured as an Emerging Leader six years ago. She just celebrated her 40th birthday and is constantly changing and growing as a compassionate and independent adult.
 
Amy's parents live outside of Bozeman, Montana in the Gallatin Gateway. Upon her graduation from Bozeman High School, Amy decided she would like to stay in the area. Her parents bought her a house so she could have her own space. The house is a split-level duplex. Amy rents the first floor, and her family rents out the upstairs. Amy's self-sufficiency goes much further than her ability to live independently. She operates her own vehicle and her driving skills, paired with her GPS, make her unstoppable.

You can read more about Amy on the Transition and Employment Projects newsletter.

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