UM’s MonTECH to Open Center in Billings

November 03, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s MonTECH will open a Billings Outreach Center in the Montana Center for Inclusive Education at Montana State University-Billings on Monday, Nov. 14.

MonTECH, housed in UM’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, provides support and services that improve the quality of life for Montanans with disabilities through offering assistive technology devices and demonstrations in a free equipment loan program.

The exciting collaboration serves MonTECH’s vision to improve lives with technology while meeting the Montana Center for Inclusive Education’s goals to serve a diverse population and provide continuing professional development opportunities for educators and direct service providers.

Marlena Lanini, a Billings occupational therapist and MonTECH’s eastern clinic coordinator, will bring a wealth of experience to the new outreach center. After working at the Assistive Technology Resource Center at Colorado State University and throughout school districts, she will help residents in Billings and eastern Montana use AT for living, learning, work and play.

Lanini and Anna-Margaret Goldman, MonTECH program director, will ensure a diverse set of assistive technology devices arrives in Billings. The outreach center will include hearing, vision, daily living, communication and ergonomic equipment, as well as computer access.

Service providers, educators, health care providers and assistive technology users are welcome to see the new space and demonstration lab at an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Room 160 at the College of Education at MSU-Billings. Light snacks will be provided.

The Billings Outreach Center will be open Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday by appointment. To set up an appointment for Monday through Wednesday, email Lanini at marlena.lanini@mso.umt.edu.

For questions about MonTECH’s new office and collaboration, call Goldman at 406-243-5769 or email anna-margaret.goldman@mso.umt.edu. For more information about the Montana Center for Inclusive Education, call director Marsha Sampson at 406-657-2085 or email marsha.sampson@msubillings.edu.

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Contact: Anna-Margaret Goldman, program director, UM MonTECH, 406-243-5769, anna-margaret.goldman@mso.umt.edu; Marsha Sampson, director, MSU-Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education, 406-657-2085, marsha.sampson@msubillings.edu.