The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) is pleased to offer our 2018 Annual Report. We are thankful for the opportunity to reflect on the last year, highlight our diverse projects and share our milestones.
Further, this year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Rural Institute. As Marty Blair, RIIC Executive Director, stated, "Thoughtful reflection on the lessons we have learned with our partners and the good we have done over four decades demonstrates we are at our best when working side-by-side with those who benefit from our efforts."
We look forward to another 40 years of collaboration and partnership!
This was the year that the All of Us Research Program opened our doors to everyone. So far over 150,000 of you have started to participate in the program, answering our call to improve the future of health! We are pleased to share that 100,000 of you have completed all the first steps. We are well on our way to speeding up health breakthroughs to drive individualized prevention and treatment for all of us. For all that we’ve achieved over the past year, 2019 promises to be just as exciting with our focus on getting and giving information. For highlights from 2018 All of Us research program please watch the following video! Watch Our 2018 Highlights
Knowing and acting on your family health history is an important way to protect your health. Doctors use family health history to develop a more complete picture of your health and your risk factors for disease. You and your family members share genes and may also share behaviors that contribute to your health. The All of Us Research Program is a medical study that will advance the future of medicine.
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Partnering with Women with Disabilities to Develop a Health Information Website
Women with disabilities are living longer with better quality of life as a result of advances in medical science, pharmacology, and technology. For those with access to those resources, the risks of morbidity and mortality from disabling conditions combined with common diseases and injuries have been significantly reduced. The problem society faces, however, is bringing this life-saving knowledge, particularly in the area of women’s health, beyond the walls of academic medical centers to the community clinics and homes of the women and their families.
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By Isaac Baldry
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First, I want to thank you, for taking the time, to be part of a conversation, about inclusion. I really wanted to be a part of this webinar, because of how important inclusion is to me. When I started thinking about, and planning what I wanted to say, it felt like such a big project. I decided to start, with why do I feel the way I do, about inclusion.
If you have heard me speak before, you've heard me talk about being part of a big family. I think my views on inclusion, were again impacted by the values of my family.
It seems odd to say this, but I don't think, growing up, my younger siblings, even knew, I had a disability. My disability was just a part; of who I was. The expectation, was that we were all, doing everything together. Anyone of us could have needed something, in order to participate. We just looked at what did we want to do, and what would be needed to accomplish it. In the community, we had to consider wheelchair access, for me to participate with my family. If lack of access meant I couldn't participate, then no one participated. If it wasn’t something we could do together, then it didn't have value to our family.
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Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Careers and College through an Evolution of Pre-ETS Activities - Part 1
Thursday, February 9, 2017
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MST
This webinar is the first of a two-part series discussing the array of activities that students can participate in within the five required Pre-ETS categories: Job Exploration Counseling, Work-Based Learning Experiences, Counseling for Post-Secondary Education, Workplace Readiness Training, and Instruction in Self-Advocacy.
Is your school developing inclusive classrooms? Is your community promoting inclusion for people with disabilities? Is your place of business trying to establish an inclusive workplace? Inclusion is a popular term, but what exactly does it mean? (And just as importantly, what doesn't it mean?) What does it look like? Why does it matter? How can we make it happen? How do we ALL benefit from true inclusion? Join our webinar to hear answers to these questions and more.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MST
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Please note: If you are unable to attend on the scheduled date or if registration closes because the session is full, the webinar will be recorded and archived to the Transition and Employment Projects website.
The Montana Autism Center provides practical assistance, demonstrates proven techniques, and trains direct service staff.
- Family Outreach (Helena) uses “Milestone” booklets as a discussion guide for each home visit.
- The Part C agency renamed itself “Montana Milestones Part C Intervention” to capitalize on the LTSAE milestones concept
- UCEDD and Ambassador meet bimonthly to plan and implement training and develop resources.
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by ISAAC BALDRY
Recently, I was contacted by Apostrophe magazine, to see if I was interested in putting something together about “access”. My first thoughts were access is a huge topic. I thought I should follow up with a few questions. Turns out, they wanted me to follow up on my statement, “To me access is like air, I need every day and all the time.”
Interestingly enough, the ADA and I are about the same age, we both turn 25 this year. I am part of that first generation to have always expected access to be a part of our lives. I grew up believing that I could and should be able to do everything anyone else did. If something didn’t work one way for me, I just needed to spend a little time thinking about, another way to accomplish the same thing. It wasn’t important how I did whatever, it was important that I was able to participate and be a part of whatever.
PLEASE NOTE: The Apostrophe Magazine website will let you view the article once, but once you leave the page, you can't go back without having to subscribe.
Isaac Baldry has served on the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council since 2008.
We are pleased to provide you this new publication designed for Montanans under age 30 living with special health care needs and/or a disability. It offers information about preparing for the transition from pediatric to adult health care, choosing medical providers, paying for services, taking responsibility for one’s own health, and much more. Ideally, the workbook will be used as a guide for conversations between youth, their parents, and their medical providers.
The workbook is a publication of the Transition and Employment Projects at the University of Montana Rural Institute, and was funded in whole or in part under a contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The statements contained in the publication do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Department.
The workbook is also available on the Transition and Employment Projects website (http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition/articles.asp) as both a downloadable print-ready PDF file and as an accessible Word file.
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Amongst many expert speakers, the MonTECH staff will be presenting two 90-minutes sessions on Assistive Technology to support older adults living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Nationally-acclaimed keynote speakers will address the meeting including Howard Federoff, MD, Dena Shenk, PhD, and Patricia Coon, MD. To register to attend or be an exhibitor, please go to www.montanagerontology.org and follow the conference link.
Beautiful, cold, dangerous. All of these words describe winter weather in Montana. For older Montanans, falls are a major cause of winter-related injuries and some deaths.
Dr. Mindy Renfro, a UM physical therapist and the Montana Adaptive Equipment Program Coordinator at the UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, wants to make this winter is safe, warm and wonderful for all Montanans. Her advice was recently highlighted in the December 2014 issue of Neurology Now. She advises older Montanans to maintain good vision, exercise regularly, and to evaluate homes for safety risks.
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University of Montana Rural Institute researchers are helping to set a national agenda on health and disability. Dr. Kathleen Humphries, a nutrition researcher at the Rural Institute and the UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences is among national leaders identifying what we know and what we need to know to reduce health disparities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A national team, including Dr. Humphries, met at the 2012 State of the Science Conference on Outcomes and Quality of Life in Community Living and Employment in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Lorraine Adams was awarded the Watkins Undergraduate Research Scholarship through the University of Montana Davidson Honors College for the spring semester of 2014. Using qualitative interviews, Lorraine is examining health literacy from a patient’s perspective.
Cathy Berendts was awarded the Watkins Undergraduate Research Scholarship through the University of Montana Davidson Honors College for spring semester of 2014. Cathy is examining data from the Pain Interference Patterns project collected by a UM Rural Institute (www.ruralinstitute.org) research team and funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, (NIDRR; H133G110077).
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When Shy Iverson had to prepare a presentation about blindness for his Exceptionalities and Classroom Management class this past semester, he asked Julie Doerner for help. Julie is the Clinical Coordinator at the UM Rural Institute MonTECH program. Shy learned about Braille keyboards, special scanners, and other equipment that help students who are blind or have low vision. Shy said, "The presentation went over very well. We were able to present a wide variety of Assistive Technology devices to the class that broadened everyone's understanding of how teachers can and should approach blindness in a classroom."
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