UM Faculty Member to Help Implement Inclusive Education in Kenya

September 07, 2017

Martin BlairMISSOULA – A University of Montana faculty member was selected as one of four U.S. experts to support the development of international disability-related projects this fall.

Through the Americans with Disabilities Act International Fellowship Program, Martin Blair, executive director of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at UM, will travel to Kenya to help implement early intervention to young children with multisensory impairments.

The project enables nearly a third of all deaf-blind children under age 3 in Kisumu County, Kenya, to be enrolled in special programs of their family’s choice for the first time.

“These children are usually kept at home until age 8 or 9. I look forward to helping develop a system that serves them when they are infants. The earlier we intervene with these children, the better their education and employment outcomes will be,” Blair said. “It is very rewarding to give hope to families and children who often remain hidden their communities.”

Blair will spend two weeks in Kenya providing technical assistance to government officials and representatives of community-based organizations as they implement the project. The fellowship is supported by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

For more information on the international fellowship, call Blair at 406-243-4779 or email

Contact: Martin Blair, executive director, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at UM, 406-243-4779,