UM Offers Transition Program for Montana High School Students with Disabilities

June 07, 2016

MISSOULA – Forty Montana high school students with disabilities will have the opportunity to prepare for postsecondary education during Movin’ On in Montana, a summer transition program, June 27-30 and July 11-14 at the University of Montana.

Movin’ On in Montana enables high school students to gain knowledge and strategies for managing the challenges they may face in the transition. Participants represent high schools in Missoula, Hamilton, Florence, Clinton, Helena, Great Falls, Whitehall, Laurel, Whitefish, Darby, Billings, Arlee and Rexford.

The program is designed to teach high school students about disability rights, different expectations between high school and college and how to use academic support services. Participants observe a college class lecture, attend engaging workshops and interact with current UM students with disabilities.

“Self-advocacy skills are very important for a successful transition, especially for students with disabilities,” said Bronwyn Troutman, project manager of Movin’ On in Montana. “Knowing about themselves, communicating well, making informed decisions and taking responsibilities are part of self-advocacy skills. These skills will be introduced to the students during this event.”

During the four-day program, the participants will stay in a residence hall on the UM campus, eat at campus dining facilities and explore community activities in Missoula, including a river-rafting trip and Montana Osprey baseball game.

Movin’ On in Montana is hosted by the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, UM’s Disability Services for Students and Montana Vocational Rehabilitation. The program is funded through the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and will expand to Billings in 2017.

For more information about Movin’ On in Montana, visit http://www.umt.edu/dss/Transition/default.php.

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Contact: Bronwyn Troutman, Movin’ On in Montana project manager, 406-243-2663, bronwyn.troutman@mso.umt.edu.