UM to Host Activities Promoting Autism Awareness

March 30, 2017

MISSOULA – In conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month this April, several University of Montana departments and organizations will join forces to call attention to Autism Spectrum Disorder, which affects about one in every 68 children in the U.S. and is the fastest-growing disability category in Montana’s public education system.

Students and faculty members from UM’s psychology, communicative sciences and disorders, and teaching and learning departments will highlight the University’s efforts to address ASD, as well as provide information and resources, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, on the UM Oval.

Volunteers with the UM student groups Operation Smile and Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action (SCHWA) also will participate, and UM mascot Monte will be on hand from 1 to 2 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, which engages in research, provides education and interdisciplinary training, and develops model services that improve the skills, abilities and quality of life of people with disabilities in rural communities, including their families and those who support and partner with them.

For more information call Rural Institute Executive Director Martin Blair at 406-243-4779, email or email Katie Ahlers, Rural Institute student research assistant, at

Contact: Martin Blair, executive director, UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, 406-243-4779,; Katie Ahlers, student research assistant, UM Rural Institute,