Applications for the 2017 Community Investment Fund are now being accepted! The Community Investment Fund is made available annually for innovative projects that help people with disabilities live, learn, work and play in their communities alongside people without disabilities. Any Montana organization, agency, non-profit group, or individual with a creative idea to promote community inclusion is eligible to apply.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MDT
Presenters will share ideas of activities promoting work and college readiness for students with disabilities that can be facilitated by Montana Vocational Rehabilitation staff in the classroom. In addition to suggested activities, developed curricula and free resources will be shared.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT
Join Independent Living Specialist Cassie Weightman to learn:
- What "independent living" means and what life domains it includes
- How to plan and prepare for it from the time kids are young, and
- How Centers for Independent Living fit in and what resources they can offer transition-age youth
Presented by Early Childhood Intervention
Hanen's More Than Words workshop has just been updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques.
When you make the commitment to attend More Than Words, you take the first step towards fundamentally changing the way you provide intervention. What you learn will make a more tangible difference for families and young children than you ever could have imagined.
Words cannot describe how grateful we are for the amazing program Wheels Across Montana made possible through a Dana & Christopher Reeve foundation High Impact grant! Because of this program, Jace was able to actually ride a bike—all by himself—for the very first time. The pure joy he felt was seen through his huge smile while pedaling this super cool bike.
Preparing Students with Disabilities for Careers and College through an Evolution of Pre-ETS Activities Part 2
This webinar is the second of a two-part series discussing the array of activities that Montana 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. Presenters will provide examples of activities in each area, illustrate how many of the areas can be addressed through combined meaningful activities, and demonstrate through examples how an evolution of Pre-ETS services for each individual student best prepares them for college and careers.
Information on bills that are important. Important for families to call or e-mail members of committees. Attending would be great as well.
1. SB 198 Require DPHHS to follow federal regulations for Early Periodic Screening and Diagnostic. Sponsored by Senator Caferro
Hearing on Wednesday February 15th at 3:00pm room 317 Senate Public Health.
|Member Public Health Committee||Assignment||Town|
|David Howard (R) SD 29||Chair||Park City|
|Cary Smith (R) SD 27||Vice Chair||Billings|
|Mary Caferro (D) SD 41||Member||Helena|
|Jen Gross (D) SD 25||Member||Billings|
|Steve Hinebauch (R) SD 18||Member||Wibaux|
|Frederick (Eric) Moore (R) SD 19||Member||Miles City|
|Albert Olszewski (R) SD 6||Member||Kalispell|
|Diane Sands (D) SD 49||Member||Missoula|
|Jason D Small (R) SD 21||Member||Busby|
By Isaac Baldry
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.
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
Reserve your webinar seat now
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.
As a member of a national organization (AUCD), the Rural Institute supports efforts to ensure that vulnerable populations are not harmed by current health care reform initiatives (see: http://www.montanabudget.org/aca_repeal_threat/ and http://c-c-d.org/fichiers/CCD-FactSheet-on-ACA_12-5-16_Final.pdf).
If you have questions, or would like to voice your concerns, below is a list of the Montana elected official websites.
- Senator Tester’s ACA information site: http://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=4903
- Senator Daines does not have an ACA-specific site. His general email link is: https://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve
- Representative Zinke does not have an ACA-specific site. His general email link is: https://zinke.house.gov/contact
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