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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.

UM’s Rural Institute Awards 2016 Community Investment Fund

In an ongoing effort to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities into their communities, the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities offers an annual Community Investment Fund, a grant available to organizations that advance this mission. The RIIC maintains a CIF Review Committee, a body comprised of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their family members. The Committee decides to whom the CIF award should be given.

This year, the committee reviewed nine applications from organizations with admirable intentions. The committee held lengthy discussions regarding the definition of inclusion, debating if applicants truly understood and met the CIF criteria. The group operates with the working definition that inclusion implies people with and without disabilities who learn, play, and live together in their community.

Read more about 2016 Community Investment Fund

Wheels Across Montana

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Wheels Across Montana is a grant-funded health promotion project, made possible by the Reeve Foundation, to promote physical activity, physical and mental health and quality of life for Montanans living with a variety of disabilities.

Through the selection, purchase and distribution of adaptive bikes and trikes in 4 key areas of Montana, and working with select community partners to assure creative outreach and all-inclusive recreational programs, we will increase physical activity and social interaction. Program sites will include Fort Peck Tribes, Billings, Dillon and Missoula. In each region, one medical center/provider is partnered with a recreation program provider to assure that people with disabilities are aware of the program and able to access the recreational equipment that is best suited for their needs.

Transition & Employment Projects - Emerging Leader Update

Molly Black Emerging Leader with tennis coach"Happiness in life and being in the now..."
By Lauren Beyer, Rural Institute Project Assistant

Molly Black was featured as an Emerging Leader in 2010. In the years since, certain aspects of her life have remained the same, but she has experienced changes as well. In fact, these days Molly is really "branching out." She is making strides to broaden her horizons in several areas of her life, including diet and beliefs.

Read Molly's story to learn what she's doing now and her plans for the future.

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