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Movin’ On in MT Summer Camp- 4 spots just opened up!

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Movin’ On in Montana, a transition seminar for high school students with disabilities will be taking place on the University of Montana campus. This year, we are doing 2 sessions, serving 40 students total.  We just had a few more spots open up, and we are hopeful you may know someone to refer.

First session: June 27-30, accepting 3 additional students.

Second session: July 11- 14, accepting 1 additional student.

Cost: Free!

Eligibility: Montana high school students, sophomore-senior year, with a disability.

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Transition and Employment Featured Emerging Leader

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Perfection Is Impossible, So Go with It
By Chris Hayes

I'm Chris and I'm writing my own story, so I'm choosing to go off script in terms of the interview questions. My life was affected by a traumatic brain injury. An injury that left me unable to see, speak or move. Over time and with therapy I was able to recover these abilities to a degree, bur still nowhere close to the Chris I once was. My vision has mostly returned, but I track things more slowly. My voice is a constant struggle as my mouth is unable to say the things my brain wants to say. This makes communication very difficult for me, but eventually I can get my point across, just not in the way I want.

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Aging Out: Autism in Montana

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You can watch this PBS program "Aging Out: Autism in Montana" if you missed it on TV.

"Each year, more children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but the framework of care drastically changes for them after adolescence. The tidal wave of children transitioning into adulthood leaves many families on a search for help and structure. Follow Montana families as they recognize their fears and explore their options for the future."

Wheels Across Montana

Wheels Across Montana is a grant-funded health promotion project, made possible by the Reeve Foundation, to promote physical activity, physical and mental health and quality of life for Montanans living with a variety of disabilities. Through the selection, purchase and distribution of adaptive bikes and trikes in 4 key areas of Montana, and working with select community partners to assure creative outreach and all-inclusive recreational programs, we will increase physical activity and social interaction.

Program sites will include Fort Peck Tribes, Billings, Dillon and Missoula. In each region, one medical center/provider is partnered with a recreation program provider to assure that people with disabilities are aware of the program and able to access the recreational equipment that is best suited for their needs. A statewide advisory group of adults living with disabilities is assisting in selection of equipment and program delivery.

 

In-Person Professional Development Opportunities

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Register now for these free upcoming workshops in a community near you!

Systematic Instruction Training
June 15, 16, and 17, 2016 (8:30 AM-4:30 PM)
Holiday Inn Downtown, 200 S. Pattee St., Missoula, MT
 
June 20, 21, and 22, 2016 (8:30 AM-4:30 PM)
Bitterroot River Inn, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Dr., Hamilton, MT
 
July 13, 14, and 15, 2016 (8:30 AM-4:30 PM)
25 West Silver St., Butte MT
 
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New article by Mindy Renfro in the Rural Connections Spring 2016 publication

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Can You Age-in-Place in YOUR Home?

The Western Rural states are aging. It is expected that by 2025,  Montana’s population will be the fourth oldest state in the union. It’s also estimated that by 2030, Montana will be one of ten states in the country to have more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 18, and it will be one of only six states to have 25 percent of its population aged 65 and older.

Policy makers are reshaping Medicare; politicians are trying to protect Social Security... but what are each of us doing to be sure that we can age-in-place in our own homes? Each day, 10,000 Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are celebrating their 65th birthday and joining the ranks of “older adults.”

RuralConnections - A publication of the Western Rural Development Center, Spring 2016

MonTECH Welcomes a New Director

anna margaret goldman2Dr. Anna-Margaret Goldman recently completed her PhD in Higher Education Administration at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. However, she is no stranger to Montana. She has lived in Missoula part time since 2009. Her most recent position was Prevention Specialist at C.S. Porter Middle School. Prior to that she was responsible for growing a university mentoring program at the University of Alabama. She brings excellent skills in developing campus/community relationships.

We are delighted to have her as a member of the Rural Institute’s Leadership Team and as a community-focused colleague. Please join us in welcoming Anna-Margaret to the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities.

Helen Russette on the value of visitable homes

How visitable homes benefit you and your community

Helen Russette for the Missoulian, May 5, 2016

"A home is foundational to our well-being. For most, our home provides us with a sense of security, safety, and a place where we most often spend time with our loved ones. To me, this means having a roof over my head, safe running water, protection from weather extremities, and creating memories with my family and friends. We all define and describe what home means to us in different ways, but we share the common understanding that home is at the core of our daily lives. Purchasing or renting a home tends to be the single greatest expenditure Americans make. Our home can also play a role in shaping our health and well-being.

However, as we and our loved ones continue to live longer than our parents and grandparents before us, we can also expect to experience disability, such as mobility limitations that require assistive equipment like a wheelchair, walker, or cane. When homes include steps to the main entrance, have no bathroom on the first floor, and the door widths are too narrow to accommodate a wheelchair, our home, our very core, is disrupted and negative consequences can occur."

Continue reading visitable homes on the Missoulian.

AUCD Executive Director Andrew Imparato visits RIIC

Andrew J Imparato and Marty Blair in a meeting with RTC:Rural

AUCD Executive Director Andrew J. Imparato, JD and Marty Blair in a meeting with RTC:Rural.

"Imparato's work has been recognized by the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Transportation, the US Junior Chamber of Commerce, the National Council on Independent Living, the National Association of the Deaf, and the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. He has testified nine times before Committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives and has been interviewed on a wide range of disability issues by national television, radio and print media."

The Rural Institute is part of the AUCD national network of over 100 university-based programs that conduct research, training and advocacy to improve the quality of life of children and adults with disabilities. We are excited and honored to have a visit from Mr. Imparato.

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