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Special Education
Working Together for Success

October 24-25, 2014
Great Falls College - MSU
Heritage Hall
2100 16th Avenue South, Entrance A
Great Falls, Montana

Plan to attend this two day symposium featuring presentations from experts in the fields of special education law, community and school-based mental health services, assistive technology, and transition services. Ron Hager, Senior Staff Attorney with the National Disability Rights Network, will be a presenter both days. Ron has specialized in disability law, particularly special education, since 1979. Montana attorneys Bea Kaleva and Andree Larose will present with Ron. Professionals from Shodair Children’s Hospital, Children’s Mental Health Bureau, Office of Public Instruction, and Brett Gilleo, MSC, LCPC, LMFT, will present Saturday morning on Community and School Based Mental Health Services and Coordinating Mental Health Systems in Montana. The afternoon will focus on Assistive Technology and Transition Services with professionals from MonTECH, Great Falls and Bozeman Public Schools, and the state Disability Employment and Transitions Division.  Click here to download the symposium brochure.

Registration Fees

Parents, Family Members, and Students: $50
Attorneys receiving 7.0 CLE credits (pending): $165
Teachers receiving OPI Renewal Units (6 Units-Friday; 6 Units-Saturday): $85/day
Teachers, Administrators, Psycologists, Counselors receiving 12 OPI Renewal Units (both days): $165
Teachers, Administrators, Psycologists, Counselors receiving 1 CU Credit (pending) for both days: *$85
(*An additional $100 must be paid directly to MSU-Northern via Great Falls College-MSU for the CU credit.)

What is included in my registration fee?

CLE Credits, OPI Renewal Units, CU Credits* and processing for applicable participants
Valuable information prepared by presenters
Morning/Afternoon refreshments

Who should attend?

Students, parents, foster parents, family members, college students,
teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, service providers,
psychologists, counselors, and attorneys

To register, please click here to download the registration form, or
call 1-800-245-4743 or (406) 449-2344.
Please register early as seating is limited.

A limited number of scholarships are available for parents, family members, and students. Please contact or (406) 441-4813 to request a scholarship or if you need an ADA accommodation.

Hotel Accommodations

Disability Rights Montana has reserved a block of rooms at LaQuinta Inn & Suites, located at 600 River Drive South, Great Falls. The group rate is $83 plus tax. Be sure to ask for the group room rate. Reservations: 406-761-2600.

HURRY: Room block will be released on October 2, 2014.

This two day event is sponsored by Disability Rights Montana in collaboration with Great Falls Public Schools, Great Falls College-MSU, and Parent's Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK). 

Read Disability Rights Montana's August 2014 electronic newsletter 

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Show Your Support for Montana Shares and Disability Rights Montana

Show your support for Montana Shares, a partnership of Montana-based nonprofit groups dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities throughout the state.

Enter to win one of the 28 fabulous prizes.

Suggested donation: $10 each or three for $25. Lots of winners and for a wonderful cause.  The drawing will be held Saturday, September 6, 2014, at the Fall meeting.

Print the form by clicking the link below and send your check, made payable to Montana Shares, and the completed raffle tickets, to Montana Shares at the address below. Montana Shares must receive your raffle ticket and donation by Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

Click here to download the raffle ticket.

Mail to:
Montana Shares
P.O. Box 883
Helena, MT  59624

Disability Rights Montana is a proud member of Montana Shares.

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DRM Priority Planning Survey

Disability Rights Montana is developing its goals and objectives for the upcoming 2015 fiscal year that starts October 1, 2014.  We depend on people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and the public to tell us what disability issues are most important.  Our planning survey is one way for us to gather information.  Please help us by answering the questions in this survey by September 8, 2014.
To take this survey, click here to complete it electronically.  Remember to click the "submit" button at the end of the survey to make sure your answers are submitted a .....More

DRM Files Lawsuit Over Conditions at Montana State Prison
Lack of treatment, solitary confinement and abusive “behavior modification plans” exacerbate mental illness, threaten health and safety of prisoners, prison staff and Montana Communities.

On February 28, 2014, the ACLU of Montana, on behalf of its client Disability Rights Montana, challenged the treatment of prisoners with mental illness at Montana State Prison and the Montana State Hospital. A pattern at Montana State Prison of withholding medication, misdiagnosing prisoners with a long history of mental illness, and punishing them for behavior caused by their mental illness. They are subjected to solitary confinement and “behavior modification plans” that deprive them of clothing, working toilets, bedding and proper food. This serves only .....More

A Complete Memoir of Autism (Abridged) by Emily Armstrong
Did I think she was a doctor? Probably not. I was seven years old and knew almost nothing about doctors, and besides, my mom hadn’t called her a doctor. Mom called her a “psychologist.” The visit left me with few memories save one: Even eleven years later, I can still remember the space shuttle she let me play with, and how excited I was that she had one – we were studying space in Mrs. Burk’s class.

It was another three years before I learned the reason for that visit. And it wasn’t to play with a space shuttle.

There’s really no point in me telling you what exactly the visit was for – unless you’ve completely skipped over the title, you’ve probably already guessed – so let’s just get down to brass tacks:< .....More