"Happiness in life and being in the now..."
By Lauren Beyer, Rural Institute Project Assistant
Molly Black was featured as an Emerging Leader in 2010. In the years since, certain aspects of her life have remained the same, but she has experienced changes as well. In fact, these days Molly is really "branching out." She is making strides to broaden her horizons in several areas of her life, including diet and beliefs.
Read Molly's story to learn what she's doing now and her plans for the future.
Montana to build dementia-capable programs for the growing number of people with Alzheimer's and related dementias.
On Monday, June 20, 2016, the Montana Alzheimer’s/Dementia Work Group is joining with Governor Bullock to introduce the Montana’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia State Plan: Addressing the Current and Future Needs of Individuals and Families with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. This is a thorough examination and set of recommendations to confront the sweeping economic and social impact of Alzheimer’s disease for Montanans. A companion website housing the Montana’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia State Plan with links to available resources and added information is at www.MTAlzPlan.org.
Visit MTAlzPlan.org to learn more.
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.
Eligibility: Montana high school students, sophomore-senior year, with a disability.
Continue reading about Movin' On
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.
Continue reading Chris's story
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 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.