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Leadership Team

Principal Investigators, Co-Principal Investigators, and Project Directors.

  • Martin Blair (Executive Director)
  • Nancy Arnold
  • Ellen Condon
  • Rosemary Hughes
  • Kathleen Humphries
  • Catherine Ipsen
  • Kathleen Laurin
  • Gail McGregor
  • Sandra Morris
  • Mary Morrison
  • Craig Ravesloot
  • Bethany Rigles
  • Tom Seekins
  • Meg Ann Traci

Accessibility Information

As part of the University of Montana, the Rural Institute follows the UM Accessiblity Policy and Implimentation Plan.

If you have an problems with accessing our website please let us know by filling out our website satisfaction survey found on our Home page and describe your difficulties in the comment box.

Zoom In/Out instructions that enlarges or reduces entire page for most browsers.

  • With the press of two keys, you can enlarge the screen text without going into your settings.
  • Simply press and hold down the "control" key, while pressing the "plus sign" key. Be sure to keep the "control key" depressed while you press the "plus sign" key. Each repetition will enlarge the text.
  • To return the text back to its original size, simply press, and hold down the "control" key and the "minus sign" key. Each repetition will decrease the text size.

Enlarging text using browser settings.

Internet Explorer

  • Click on "View" in the main menu.
  • Scroll down to "Text Size."
  • Select a text size from the drop-down menu options, ranging from "Smallest" to "Largest."

Mozilla Firefox

  • Navigate to the top menu and click on "View."
  • Scroll down to "Zoom." If you would like to enlarge text only, select "Zoom Text Only." If you would also like images to be enlarged, leave this option unchecked.
  • Hold down the "Ctrl" key and press the plus sign key ("+") as many times as needed to reach a comfortable text size. To decrease text size, hold down the "Ctrl" key while pressing the minus sign key.


  • Click on "View" in the main menu.
  • Click "Make Text Bigger."

How to permanently apply additional accessibility options in Internet Explorer

Font and Colors: How to remove specified colors, font styles, and font sizes from webpages

  • On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
  • On the General tab, select 'Accessibility'
  • Click on the combination of the three check boxes to show checks that will change the features you desire.
  • Click on 'OK'

Text, Background and Link Colors: How to choose your own text, background, and link colors for webpages.

  • On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
  • On the General tab, select 'Colors'
  • Deselect the 'Use Windows colors' check box
  • Select the box next to 'Text' and choose a color
  • Click on 'OK'
  • Select the box next to 'Background' and choose a color
  • Click on 'OK'

Graphics and Images: How to keep graphics and images from appearing on a webpage

  • On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
  • On the Advanced tab, scroll down to the 'Multimedia' heading
  • Deselect the graphics options 'animations', 'videos', 'pictures' and 'images'
  • by clicking on the check boxes to remove the checks.
  • Click on 'Apply' then 'OK'

Audio Output/Screen Reader Option

If you are in need of audio output for navigating you can download NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access). NVDA is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerised voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard.

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