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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and we want to take this time to highlight one of the many Rural Institute research projects designed to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.quote: The project is very important because sometimes people don't realize pople with disabilities are capable of doing things like this

Project spotlight: Partnering with People with Developmental Disabilities to Address Violence

Project summary

The objective of the project was to partner closely with people with developmental disabilities (DD) to develop accessible measures for people with DD and then use those measures to examine the effect of childhood and adult abuse on physical and psychological health outcomes in people with DD. 

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2019 Community Investment Fund

Applications for the 2019 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 developed by/with people with disabilities to promote community inclusion is eligible to apply. Please note: due to University contracting requirements, successful applicants will be required to have liability insurance and either Workers’ Compensation coverage or a Workers’ Compensation exemption certificate.
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Developmental Milestone Video Broadcast in Rural Health Clinics

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) has partnered with the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Nevada LEND program and Good Health TV to share a developmental milestone video with parents and families.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need. As part of the LTSAE program, a short video will be broadcast in Montana tribal health clinic waiting rooms from mid-February until the end of March. The purpose of the video is to inform parents and families about developmental milestones and to direct them to resources for tracking milestones and addressing concerns. Print materials for tracking childhood development milestones are highlighted in the video and are available in each tribal health clinic.

For more information about the LTSAE program, visit the CDC’s website at

For Montana-specific information about these materials please visit the Montana Autism Center at

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