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Community Investment Fund Recipient Announced

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities is pleased to announce Summit Independent Living Center (ILC) as the inaugural award recipient of the Community Investment Fund!

Summit ILC, in collaboration with BASE (a project offering a safe place to learn and display the arts and advocacy), Missoula’s Homegrown Comedy (a group of local comics), A Paper Crane (an education-through-arts organization) and the Crystal Theatre, will use the small cash award for “Missoula LIVE!!”, a ten-week communication-through-improvisation program that will culminate in a live comedy/variety show. Organizers will recruit up to 30 cast members with and without a disability. Summit ILC staff says, “By collaborating with other community organizations and including people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities in the cast and crew, as well as having a final program that is held at a public venue and promoted to the public as a whole, ‘Missoula LIVE!!’ exemplifies interdependent living not just for those participants with a disability but more importantly for the entire community.”  

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Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council Member - An Emerging Leader Update

emerging-leader-danielleSince my last article, I have been very busy and had a lot of exciting changes happen in my life. I'm currently a member of the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council (formerly the Montana Transition Training, Information and Resource Center Advisory Board). I have served on the council and numerous work groups since 2008. I have attended (and often presented at) the Montana Youth in Transition Conference every year since 2009. I'm the official photographer for the Consumer Advisory Council, which means I take pictures at our meetings and the conferences. I created and am the administrator for the Consumer Advisory Council Facebook Page.

Continue reading Daniell's story at http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs152/1102150261897/archive/1122223915621.html.

RTC: Rural - Telecom Toolbox

telecom toolboxTelecom Toolbox is a useful online resource for Vocational Rehabilitation counselors who want to increase communication with people who live far away from services.

Telecom Toolbox provides an overview of telecommunication tools including email, texting and video chat as well as best practices for using them.  Telecom Toolbox also reviews the problems and concerns that come with More information iconusing these communication methods and suggests solutions to protect client privacy and promote effective online interactions, ensuring that consumers get the best services possible, even at a distance.

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Montana Youth in Transition Conference

Register now for the Montana Youth in Transition Conference, to be held November 5-7, 2014, in Missoula!

The Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council is recruiting a representative from the Montana Developmental Disabilities Program, as well as individuals with developmental disabilities from the north and south central areas of the state to serve on the council.

The advisory council helps various Rural Institute projects determine necessary and appropriate activities, establish priorities, develop work plans, craft products, deliver training, and conduct evaluation activities. Term lengths run for 12 months and may be renewed. Meetings are held quarterly; one meeting is face-to-face (generally in Missoula or Helena) and the other three are conference calls. In addition, council members may be asked to serve on work groups or task forces, which could require additional meetings by conference call.

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Living and Working Well: Health Promotion for People with Mobility Impairments

Upcoming RHI Webinar!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
10:00 to 11:00 A.M. MTN
Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/396049714

Join us to learn about two community-based programs that support the health, quality of life, and participation of people living with disabilities in Montana.

Access to healthcare is both a common rural healthcare problem and a specific problem for people with disabilities. When these two challenges are combined, the individual with a disability who lives in a rural area confronts additional barriers to receiving the quality of care that support health, quality of life, and participation in rural communities.

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Early Exposure to People with Physical and Sensory Disabilities and Later Attitudes Toward Social Interactions and Inclusion

Emily M. Lund, Tom Seekins

Abstract

This study assessed the relationship between exposure to classmates with visible impairments in primary and secondary schools with later attitudes toward people with disabilities.  Fifty college students (mean age = 20.28 years; 76% female) completed measures assessing the extent and quality of recalled exposure to classmates with disabilities in elementary and secondary school. Attitudes toward social inclusion and toward a hypothetical social interaction were also measured. Participants reported generally high levels and quality of exposure, with significantly more exposure at the secondary level. Quality of exposure at both the elementary and secondary levels was significantly (p < .01) correlated with more positive cognitions (i.e., thoughts) during a hypothetical social interaction. Cognitions were not significantly correlated with emotions or behaviors and amount of elementary exposure was negatively correlated with attitudes to social inclusion (p < .05). These results suggest a possible relation between positive early experiences and later friendship intentions that should be further explored.

Continue reading at:http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/pders/article/view/4825