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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.


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Montana Children’s Special Health Services Statewide Survey and Community Discussion Forum

Updates

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    The Montana Children’s Special Health Services (CSHS) Survey was mailed to a sample of families with a child(ren) or youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in Montana. Deadline to submit the Survey is May 15th, 2017. If you intend to mail-in your survey please do so no later than 4-5 business days prior to the May 15th deadline.
  2. We are in our final phase of the CSHS Project and will be hosting Community Discussion Forums across Montana in April and May, 2017. During these forums parents and primary caregivers of CYSHCN will be asked to discuss and interpret the Montana Children’s Special Health Services Survey current findings.

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UM to Host Activities Promoting Autism Awareness

In conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month this April, several University of Montana departments and organizations will join forces to call attention to Autism Spectrum Disorder, which affects about one in every 68 children in the U.S. and is the fastest-growing disability category in Montana’s public education system.

Students and faculty members from UM’s psychology, communicative sciences and disorders, and teaching and learning departments will highlight the University’s efforts to address ASD, as well as provide information and resources, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, on the UM Oval.

Volunteers with the UM student groups Operation Smile and Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action (SCHWA) also will participate, and UM mascot Monte will be on hand from 1 to 2 p.m.

http://news.umt.edu/2017/03/033017atsm.php

Celebrate Acceptance

This fun event supports a fund for educational materials for kids on the autism spectrum at the Child Development Center. Celebrate Acceptance, April 7 from 5 - 8pm at MSO Hub/Bicycle Hangar, 140 N. Higgins, Missoula, MT

Autism Acceptance Event

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ScholarWorks Readership Map

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Major Programs within the Rural Institute