Featured Emerging Leader: Meet Randy

One of the goals of the Rural Institute Transition and Employment Projects is to expand the vision of what is possible for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities to learn, live, work and play in their communities. The Rural Institude has been capturing stories of Montanans who have a developmental disability according to the Montana definition and who have… Read more →

Rural Institute Webinar Schedule

The Rural Institute Transition and Employment Projects have announced their Spring 2015 webinar schedule. Events and descriptions can be found here: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=5e5db636-5295-4f1c-9f29-5476934f24d7&c=fec3eae0-433f-11e3-8a6f-d4ae527b8053&ch=ffb41740-433f-11e3-8b46-d4ae527b8053. Detailed informational fliers and registration links are sent to Montana Transition Listserv members three weeks before each session. People can join the listserv by visiting our home page (http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition/default.asp) and entering their email address in the listserv sign-up box Read more →

529- ABLE Accounts

http://www.afb.org/community/announcements/en-able-ing-better-financial-planning-for-families/12   On December 19th, the President signed into law the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, aimed at reducing financial burdens for people with disabilities and their families by providing them access to tax-saving 529 Education Savings Plans, called 529-ABLE Accounts. While there will be a delay while each state sets up and begins to operate these accounts,… Read more →

2015 AAPD Summer Internship

Apply for the 2015 AAPD Summer Internship Program If you will be living in the Washington, DC area during the 2015 summer and you’re a college student, graduate student, law student, or recent graduate (within one year), AAPD’s Summer Internship Program provides the opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience to help advance your career goals. Interns will receive a stipend,… Read more →

Think College

The Think College movement is a new wave of post-secondary education options for youth with intellectual disabilities. No Longer ‘Falling off the Cliff’: The Think College Movement Is Providing Degree Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities describes some of the new postsecondary education options available to students with ID. Read more →

Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council accepting applications

The Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council is recruiting representatives from the Montana Developmental Disabilities Program, Montana Developmental Disabilities Council, and Disability Rights Montana, as well as individuals with developmental disabilities from the north and south central areas of the state to serve on the council. The advisory council helps various Rural Institute projects determine necessary and appropriate activities, establish priorities,… Read more →

MYLF 2015 is accepting applications!

The Montana Youth Leadership Forum is recruiting delegates for the 2015 session to be held in Helena July 20-24, 2015. Twenty high school sophomores, juniors and seniors will be selected for this all-expenses-paid four-day training program. Montana Youth Leadership Forum is a fun, energetic and life-changing opportunity for MT youth with disabilities to learn leadership and advocacy skills. Applications are due… Read more →

Region 1 and DMD!

Disability Mentoring Day is an annual international event meant to promote career development for students and job-seekers and make employers aware of an available pool of qualified candidates. Each year, in October, a DMD event occurs and opens up many opportunities and possibilities for youth who are exploring their career options. Region 1 in Montana recently shared one young man’s DMD… Read more →