UM Advocacy Day to Educate Public about Legislative Issues

February 02, 2015

MISSOULA – Brain injuries, autism, Down syndrome, disability services and veteran affairs will be among the topics addressed during Advocacy Day on Friday, Feb. 6, at the University of Montana.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Presentations will be followed by a booth session for organizations from around Montana that will provide additional resources. All students and members of the public are welcome to attend. 

The schedule of presentations follows:

  • 9 a.m.: “Disability Advocacy: Understanding Different Roles and Responsibilities,” Mary Olson, Joe Stone, Lisa Davey, Meg Ann Traci and Carrie Kovachevich.

  • 10 a.m.: “Joining Forces to Advocate and Treat People with Traumatic Brain Injuries,” Cindy Janego and Charney Gonnerman.

  • 11 a.m.: “Veterans in Higher Education,” Shawn Grove, Nathan Domitrovich, Kayli Julius and Brian Beker.

  • 12 p.m.: “Meeting the Need: Understanding How Laws Affect Practitioners Abilities to Provide Services in the Context of the Autism Epidemic and What You Can Do About It,” Ann Garfinkle and Karlyn Gibbs.

  • 1 p.m.: “Down Syndrome: Information for Advocacy,” Janice Nugent.

The day is hosted by Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action, a student group in UM's Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and the Montana Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

The educational event targets students in psychology, education, early intervention, social work, nursing, communicative sciences and disorders, and other service professions. Participants will learn about legislative issues affecting educators, health care professionals and consumers during the 2015 session.

This is the third-annual Advocacy Day hosted by SCHWA-MT in partnership with the MSHA.  Both organizations engage in philanthropic work and provide service to the Montana community.

For a detailed schedule and more information about the event, visit the SCHWA-MT Facebook page, view the Montana Autism Education Project blog, email UM student and SCHWA President Kylie Bull at or email advocacy committee Chairwoman Nicolette Selensky at

Contact: Kylie Bull, SCHWA president, 208-604-5759,