March is Disability Awareness Month!

March is Disability Awareness Month! Disability and health is the prevention of disease and the promotion of health among people with disabilities. We all must strive for accessible and inclusive design to support equal health opportunities. Read this poster to learn how you can take 3 steps toward accessible and inclusive design (PDF).

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Diabetes Management for Self- Advocates

This video project is a collaboration of 10 state disability and health programs: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, and South Carolina.

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It’s Your Diabetes, But You are Not Alone.

  • 34 Million adults in the U.S are living with ...
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Webinar: COVID SEP – How is it different?

Join the American Association on Health & Disability (AAHD) for a webinar on March 24, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET entitled “COVID SEP – How is it different?”. This webinar will address how the COVID Special Enrollment Period (SEP) is different from usual SEPs. It will explore the specifics of how the COVID SEP works and will also look at what people with disabilities need to consider when selecting a health insurance plan. Details are below:

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New Report: Disability and Chronic Disease in MT

NEW Montana Disability and Health Program report examines disability and chronic disease in Montana.

Having a disability does not mean an individual is not healthy or cannot be healthy. However, people with disabilities experience higher rates of chronic disease and other health disparities compared to those without disabilities. By identifying these disparities, health care programs can be tailored to inform healthy choices and prevent illness among this population.

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Archived Webinar: Increasing Inclusive Fitness Opportunities Under the Big Sky + Adaptive Recreation Resources

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Try Adaptive Recreation this Winter!!

  1. South central region:
    1. Alpine and X-country skiing with Ski Discovery and the Butte-Silver Bow Developmental Disabilities Council.
    2. Adaptive Skating ...
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Georgia Tech: COVID-19 Accessible Resources for People with Disabilities

Georgia Tech: COVID-19 Accessible Resources for People with Disabilities The Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI), with funding from the CDC Foundation and technical assistance from CDC is adapting COVID-19 materials into accessible formats for people with disabilities. The project has created a microsite to house all of the materials which has now gone live. On the microsite, you can request embossed braille, download accessible Word Documents and PDFs, and register for upcoming webinars related to ...

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Archived Webinar: Achieving Health Equity with Inclusive Interdisciplinary Walk/Move Audits

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We hope you enjoy this National Public Health Webinar.

Title: Achieving Health Equity with Inclusive Interdisciplinary Walk/Move Audits.

When: Friday July 24, 2020 from 12-1:30 pm EST (10-11:30 am MST)

What it is about: During this webinar you will join national and local leaders in a virtual conversation about their interdisciplinary research and advocacy-based perspectives to create inclusive, walkable and moveable (i.e., where everyone can move freely) communities. The panel will address ...

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Advice for Teaching with a Chronic Illness

Advice for Teaching with a Chronic Illness: The STEPS guide helps teachers understand their rights under the American Disabilities Act, decide who at school to tell about their condition, and find ways to overcome the teaching challenges their specific condition presents. It also features powerful advice from a teacher who has lost her hair due to alopecia. Here’s a link to the full guide: []

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COVID-19 Information and Resources

Montana Updates and Resources

Resources related to the Governor of the State of Montana, Mr. Steve Bullock, executive order declaring a state of emergency to exist within the state of Montana related to the communicable disease COVID-19, also known as coronavirus (March 12, 2020).

Updates for Montanans are available through these options:

COVID-19 phone line: 1-888-333-0461

COVID-19 questions for public:

COVID-19 Web site:

National Updates and Resources

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Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the ABLE Act: Legislation that Gives People with Disabilities the Ability to Save Money

Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the ABLE Act: Legislation that Gives People with Disabilities the Ability to Save Money

On December 19th, Montanans will join the 5th anniversary celebrations of the U.S. ABLE Act. The Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act recognizes the late Mr. Beck, who paved the way for a better life for his daughter, Natalie, and for individuals like Natalie, by empowering millions of eligible Americans to save money for their future. The ABLE Act established a tax-advantaged program for qualified individuals and their families to save money for disability-related expenses.


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