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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Social Thinking Trainings - 2021 School Year

The OPI Montana Autism Education Project has a limited number of scholarships for Montana public school educators to attend online trainings from Social Thinking. These trainings will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. OPI renewal units (4) will be provided after verification from Social Thinking that you have completed the training.  

The link to register through the OPI Montana Autism Education Project can be found here

A description of the trainings can be found here. The OPI scholarships are only available if you register through the above OPI link. 

If you have any questions, please email Doug Doty at ddoty@mt.gov


Friday, September 10, 2021

Virtual STAR Training - October 21/22, 2021

This comprehensive two-day workshop provides participants with detailed examples and practice activities on how to implement the evidence-based practices identified in  the National Standards Report (2009). The STAR Program is used to provide examples

Appropriate content connected to the common core curriculum is presented and detailed information on the three evidenced-based instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and teaching through functional routines are shared. 

Participants will learn how to implement these strategies through structured lesson plans and a curriculum scope and sequence. The workshop will include extensive data collection systems and participants will learn to collect and use data for instructional decision making. 

The virtual training will not be recorded and attendance is required on the training dates. 
This virtual training is limited to 60 people. 
Twelve OPI renewal units will be available for this training. 
This training is FREE from the OPI Montana Autism Education Project.
            The training is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.

You can register for the training here

Friday, September 3, 2021

MonTECH’s Montana AAC Town Halls

 Big news! MonTECH’s Montana AAC Town Halls begin this Wednesday, September 8th, 4:00-5:00 pm! As you know, MonTECH is Montana’s assistive tech program. But we have a secondary mission: to support the capacity of our community to serve those with complex communication needs. 

Monthly AAC Town Halls are an amazing opportunity for Montana’s professionals to share information and learn from each other.  Network with practitioners encountering the same obstacles of practicing in a rural state with limited resources, serving a population requiring a special skill set.  Without knowledgeable SLPs, OTs, educators, and care providers, Montanans who could benefit from AAC are voiceless!

 

Town Halls will feature talking points based on your interests, and time to share and discuss specific needs you encounter in your work. The focus of each meeting alternates between adult and pediatric practice.  Meetings are practitioner-focused for therapists and educators, but families, caregivers, direct support staff, and case managers are also welcome.

 

Learn more about Montana AAC Town Hall and see the schedule for future meetings:  http://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/event/montana-aac-town-hall/ [montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu]


Register for the Pediatric-focused AAC Town Hall on September 8th:  https://umontana.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEld-uhrjgvGN1-dzG6XP254jXxrhqCo7sI[umontana.zoom.us]   

Register for the Adult-focused AAC Town Hall on October 6th (and subsequent meetings):  https://umontana.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAocuqhrT4iGNDN1uREeOcZ_ezzl0gc14eL [umontana.zoom.us]

Set aside one hour a month (or every other month) to build relationships with colleagues, develop skills, and learn together.  We hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

 

Shawna Hanson

Outreach Coordinator

 

MonTECH [montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu]

Montana Family to Family Health Information Center [umt.edu]

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities

University of Montana

Shawna.Hanson@mso.umt.edu

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Why Johnny Doesn't Flap

 This is my new favorite book about autism. It is also is available in hardcover. 







Wednesday, September 1, 2021

How to Create an Inclusive Learning Environment for Neurodiverse Students

One of the main challenges facing teachers is that many don’t have experience with neurodiverse students or the training necessary to create a safe classroom space.

“While teachers are not mental health clinicians, they have been tasked with both identifying kids who have not yet been identified as needing more support, and with managing these unique brains regardless of how much outside-of-school support they are (or aren’t) getting,” writes registered psychotherapist Christina Crowe, founder of Dig a Little Deeper Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Read more here at Planbook

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Monday, August 9, 2021

Funding Available - Community Investment Fund

(Doug Note - Schools have been awarded funds in the past. There typically aren't a lot of applicants for this. Make sure to complete all forms throughly - a lack of information can be an immediate disqualification when applications are reviewed.)

 

What is the Community Investment Fund? 

The Community Investment Fund is a small pot of money (up to $3000 in 2021, which may be divided between several recipientsthat the Rural Institute has made available for inclusive, innovative projects or programs that will help people with disabilities live, learn, work and play in their communities alongside people without disabilities. 

 

Who is eligible to apply for funding? 

Any Montana organization, agency, non-profit group, or individual with a creative idea developed by/with people with disabilities to promote community inclusion (people with disabilities participating together alongside people without disabilities) is eligible to apply.  

 

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to view the YouTube CIF overview video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrm9B1tqEqQ, as well as the March 1, 2016 “What’s the Buzz about Inclusion?” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eV7CXieUVAand/or the January 24, 2017 “Inclusion: We All Benefit” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMrwmK8F-4Qarchived webinars prior to applying.  

  

How does someone apply for funding? 

To apply, fill out the Community Investment Fund application and submit it by the deadline. Applications are available in hard copy and online formats, and may be mailed, emailed or faxed to the Rural Institute. 

 

When is the application deadline? 

For the 2021 funding cycle, the application deadline is September 1, 2021 and applicants will receive notice of funding decisions by October 31, 2021Successful applicants will receive half of their award amount up front and the other half once their project is completed and their final report submitted and approved. 

 

When does the funding need to be spent? 

Community Investment Funds must be spent by April 15, 2022. 

 

What are the follow-up requirements after someone has received funding? 

Successful applicants will be required to submit a follow-up report describing how the money was spent, how many people with and without disabilities participated/were served, and how the project impacted the lives of people with and without disabilities 

 

Who can be contacted for more information? 

Kim BrownUniversity of Montana Rural Institute 

33 Corbin HallMissoula, Montana 59812 

Email: brown@ruralinstitute.umt.edu; Phone: 406-243-4852 



Thursday, August 5, 2021

Virtual STAR Training - August 17/18, 2021

Hi, we have reached the maximum number of people we can have for this workshop. If you want to be informed of future STAR workshops, you can subscribe to our newsletter here.  (Aug 16)

 Two-Day STAR Training - Virtual

This comprehensive two-day workshop provides participants with detailed examples and practice activities on how to implement the evidence-based practices identified in  the National Standards Report (2009). The STAR Program is used to provide examples

Appropriate content connected to the common core curriculum is presented and detailed information on the three evidenced-based instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and teaching through functional routines are shared. 

Participants will learn how to implement these strategies through structured lesson plans and a curriculum scope and sequence. The workshop will include extensive data collection systems and participants will learn to collect and use data for instructional decision making. 

Registration preference for this virtual training will be given to those who would have to travel more than one hour to attend an in-person training. In-person two-day STAR trainings will be offered in early winter, but the locations and dates have not yet been set. 

The virtual training will not be recorded and attendance is required on the training dates. 
YOU MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS OF THE TRAINING.
This virtual training is limited to 30 people. 
Twelve OPI renewal units will be available for this training. 
This training is FREE from the OPI Montana Autism Education Project.
            The training is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.