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February 2015 Featured Emerging Leader

Randy - A Man with Many Talents

By Tracy Fillbach, Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council Member and Susanne Meikle, Director of Montana Work Solutions, LLC

Randy lives in his own home, a two-bedroom house with a bathroom, living room, kitchen and backyard. According to Randy, "I bought my house in 2007. I pay a mortgage each month. I clean and maintain my home. I cook for myself. I am a very good cook. I love to barbecue in my backyard. This year I started a garden and grew tomatoes, green beans, bell peppers, onions, basil, parsley, and radishes. I watered and weeded...I did not like weeding. My onions did not come, but everything else did and I cooked with everything I grew. Because I had so many green beans and tomatoes, I froze them to use later." 

You can read more about Randy on this month's Featured Emerging Leader.

To read more stories visit the Transition and Employment Projects Emerging Leaders Stories page.

Mindy Renfro presented at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association

mindy renfro and panel membersMindy Renfro, PT, PhD, GCS of RI's MonTECH programs presented last week at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Indianapolis, IN. The panel looked at Fall Prevention in Special Populations and Renfro focused on Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities. The session was attended by over 350 PTs from across the country and research and collaboration was planned with researchers from the U.S. and New Zealand.

Panel included (left to right) Sue Ostertag, PT, DPT, NCS, Mariana Wingood, PT, CEEAA, Jen Nash, PT, NCS and Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD, GCS.

This Valentine’s Day, ask your loved ones to go STEADY

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Show the special elders in your life how much you care by helping them prevent falls

Columbus, Ohio – Caregiving is the ultimate expression of love and devotion, so for this Valentine's Day, the STEADY U Ohio initiative encourages all Ohioans to learn what you can do to help an older loved one avoid a life-altering fall. One in three older adults will fall this year – don’t let someone you care about become part of that statistic.

“One of the best gifts you can give an older loved one is the peace of mind that falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented,” said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc. D., director of the Ohio Department of Aging, which leads the STEADY U initiative. “Older adults may not want to talk about falling because they see it as a threat to their independence. By bringing the subject up persistently but respectfully, and showing that you care, you can help remove some of their anxiety around the topic and help them reduce their risk.”


Transition and Employment Projects 2015 Training Calendar

transition employment logoThe Rural Institute Transition and Employment Projects is pleased to announce four webinars scheduled for 2015. Interested individuals may participate from their own offices or homes, and there is no registration cost for any of the sessions.

March 24th from 1:00-2:30 MDT
A Vision of Employment for All: Preparing Youth to Work        

April 7th from 1:00-2:30 MDT
Addressing Barriers to Employment        

April 28th from 1:00-2:30 MDT
MT Vocational Rehabilitation & Blind Services and the WIOA        

May 26th from 1:00-2:30 MDT
So You Want to Go to College?

Detailed informational fliers and registration links are sent to Montana Transition Listserv members three weeks before each session. You can join the listserv by visiting our home page ( and entering your email address in the listserv sign-up box.

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