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Webinar: Developing Talents, Strengths and Interests to Discover a Dream for Tomorrow

Kim and Alana Norris-Scrano in Library

After an alarming "SLAM, SLAM, SLAM," Kim often comments to complete strangers how her daughter, Alana's, perfect job would be testing the durability of new products for Anderson Windows and Doors. This one-liner joke is quite successful in bringing smiles to previously startled faces, but there's quite a bit of truth to it. Alana was born with complex multiple disabilities, so Kim has known for years that her daughter's path to employment would be unique.  In this webinar, you will learn how to open the floodgates of possibility for individuals like Alana by seeing the potential in their preferred tasks. OPI renewal unit credit is available.

Engaging Students with Disabilities in Virtual Learning

Mary Jo Krile, Ph.D

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, students with disabilities were required to abruptly transition to the use of virtual platforms for everyday activities, such as learning, doctor/service provider appointments, and maintaining a social life. This resulted in educators, parents, guardians, caretakers, and service providers being required to assume the role of technology moderators for students with disabilities. Many new challenges, in which strategies and answers were not available, surfaced.

Please join Dr. Mary Jo Krile for this webinar presentation for a brief overview of the challenges faced, as well as several strategies for addressing them. OPI renewal unit credit is available.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
4:00-5:00 Mountain Daylight Time


Turning 18? What You Should Know About Social Security

Margaret Keener

The Montana Deaf-Blind Project and the Montana Transition Resources Project are pleased to welcome Margaret Keener for this free learning opportunity.  This webinar explores the changes that come into play when a person turns 18 years old, both in life and with Social Security, including: What the Redetermination process is and how to best prepare for it; What other Social Security disability programs 18-year-olds might qualify for, and how to identify and access them; and What Work Incentives are geared towards younger individuals who receive Social Security benefits.  OPI renewal unit credit is available.

Wednesday, October  14, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time

Webinar: SSI Work Incentives for Youth Who Work

Tiffany Costa

The Montana Deaf-Blind Project and the Montana Transition Resources Project are pleased to welcome Tiffany Costa for this free learning opportunity. Join this webinar to learn about different Social Security Administration (SSA) work incentives available for youth who are thinking about going to work and who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) cash benefits.  OPI renewal unit credit is available.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time

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Montana Independent Living Project (mILp) Receives 2020 Community Investment Fund

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In 2015, the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) established the Community Investment Fund (CIF). CIF awards support innovative projects or programs that help Montanans with disabilities live, learn, work and play alongside people without disabilities. Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) members use their leadership and advocacy skills to review each application, evaluate the merits of the proposals, and award the funds.

The 2020 CIF award goes to the Montana Independent Living Project (mILp) to continue and expand their successful Feel Great and Recreate – All-Ability Adaptive Ice Skating project. This all-ages project offers adaptive, inclusive, cross-disability recreational programming. In the 2019-20 season, over 160 people skated over 450 times!

Read more about the mILp and the CIL award

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