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RTC:Rural - Living and Working Well Workshops

man with disability exercisingLiving and Working Well with a Disability workshops are evidence-based health promotion programs for people with disabilities. Developed by RTC: Rural with help from people with disabilities, Living and Working Well have been shown to reduce both the severity and incidence of secondary conditions experienced by people with physical impairments.  Now that fall is approaching, consider setting some goals that will improve your health and find Living Well or Working Well workshops at a Center for Independent Living near you.

Learn more about these health promotion programs on the RTC:Rural website.

Montana Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

2015 Continuing Education Conference for Health Care Professionals - Improving Geriatric Care Transitions

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:45am - 4:15pm

Target Audience:
Nurses and APRNs, nursing home administrators, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, and other health care professionals

Videoconferencing:
Presenters in Billings and Missoula
Broadcasting to: Bozeman, Butte, Culbertson, Glendive, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Miles City, Lewistown, Poplar, Sidney, and more

Conference details and registration information coming soon!
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RTC: Rural - Disability Services for Students at College

students studyingDisability services for students at colleges and universities across the country are gearing up for the new school year.  Before you head off to school, check out the services your school provides to make sure you’re prepared for success.

At the University of Montana, Disability Services for Students provides a wide variety of services including translation of texts into alternate formats such as audio and Braille, as well as video captioning and exam modifications for student testing.  They also provide training on assistive technology such as screen reading programs and audio voice over.

Read more about disability services for college students on the RTC: Rural website.

The promise of 'community' for everyone

August 12, 2015 Missoulian Guest Column by Martin Blair

Marty Blair Guest Column“Are we there yet?” When it comes to employment and full inclusion of people with disabilities into our communities, the answer is, “probably not, but we are getting closer.”

In recent weeks, there has been a good bit of media coverage on the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. The ADA is the civil rights law for the nation’s nearly 60 million people with disabilities—including 200,000 Montanans with disabilities. The ADA guarantees equal access to public places, including schools, private businesses and government services, as well as employment protections for people with disabilities. In short, it promises that everyone, regardless of ability, is treated fairly."

Read more of Martin Blair's guest column for the Missoulian

UM Researcher Invited to Set National Goals on Research, Practice and Policy

“Absolutely!” is how Dr. Rosemary Hughes responded when invited to serve on the ‘Justice Strand’ at the National Goals 2015 meeting recently held in Washington, DC. Building on a similar effort in 2003, the National Goals 2015 initiative focuses on the current state of knowledge and identifies national goals in research, practice, and policy in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Based on civil rights protections guaranteed by laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 2015 goals reflect the U.S. commitment to improving outcomes for people with disabilities.

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RTC: Rural - Resource Maps that Promote Health

mobile phone with gps map application

Community resource maps are a great tool for consumers who want to learn how their environment can support their health.  RTC: Rural recently completed a research project that focused on Personal Community Resource Mapping, a process that helps consumers develop a road map to better health.  Using this system, consumers analyze their own communities, the places they go and the people they see, and use a map to create a picture, set goals and solve problems.

Continue reading article on RTC: Rural website - http://rtc.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/resource-maps-that-promote-health/

Upcoming Montana's Rural Health Initiative Webinar!

Building Inclusive Playgrounds in Montana:  Examples from Missoula and Helena

Thurday, August 7, 2014   |   12:00 to 1:00 P.M. MTN

Register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/490294786

Learn how two Montana communities brought accessible opportunities to local playgrounds to make fun - inclusive. 

Meg Traci, Director of the Montana Disability and Health Program of the Rural Institute will be one of the presenters.

Outdoor play is critical for healthy child development, and children learn from play in a variety of ways:  physical, cognitive, emotional, and sensory.  Children with disabilities are empowered when the built environment meets their needs for play. Indeed, all children benefit when play spaces are designed for children of all abilities to play together.

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