Emerging Leaders Wanted

Rural Institute is looking for examples of Montanans who have a developmental disability and have creatively organized their supports to: *  Live in the community (on their own or with family or friends) and/or *  Work in the community (including owning their own business) and/or *  Access inclusive education (high school, college, trade school, community classes) and/or *  Participate in recreation and… Read more →

Free Workbook: Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare

Planning Your Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care: A Workbook to Help You Take Charge of Your Health is designed for Montanans under age 30 living with special health care needs and/or a disability. It offers information about preparing for the transition from pediatric to adult health care, choosing medical providers, paying for services, taking responsibility for one’s own… Read more →

Community Investment Fund

Do you have an interesting idea or project to promote inclusion for people with disabilities? Would a small amount of start-up funds help you get your project off the ground?  Applications for the Community Investment Fund are now being accepted…complete and return your application before the July 31, 2015 deadline. See the website for more information and application details: http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/news/227-community-investment-fund Read more →

Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health

Members of the Montana Transition Training, Information and Resource Center (MT-TIRC) Advisory Board, themselves young adults with developmental disabilities, created this brochure to raise awareness of the mental health needs of youth with developmental disabilities and to suggest skills they think are important for mental health professionals to have when working with this population. Click here for the updated brochure. Read more →

UM On-campus Experience

The University of MT is hosting a chance for sophomores and juniors in Montana to experience campus life for four days this summer. This is a free event and is sponsored by Rural Institute, MT Vocational Rehabilitation and UM Disability Services. Check out this link for more information and application materials. http://www.umt.edu/dss/Transition/default.php Read more →


Youth with disabilities can have a hard time finding information about topics like dating, relationships, and sex. Being informed and educated helps people make smart decisions. Find someone you can trust, talk with, and from whom you can learn what you need to know! The National Youth Leadership network developed this document to help start the conversation and provide some… Read more →