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Join us for a Webinar on April 7, 2015
1:00-2:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time 


Addressing Barriers to Employment         


Space is limited. There is no cost to register.
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If you are unable to attend on the scheduled date or if registration closes because the session is full, the Webinar will be recorded and archived to the Transition and Employment Projects website.

Project staff and self-advocate members of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities Consumer Advisory Council will talk about a variety of barriers to employment people with disabilities face, along with a sampling of strategies for overcoming those barriers. This session will be geared toward young adults with disabilities, their parents and family members, though all interested individuals are invited to attend.

There will be time allotted for audience members to ask questions of the presenter.

Isaac Baldry graduated from Custer County District High School in 2010. He attended the Montana Youth Leadership Forum in 2008 and works as the Region 1 coordinator for My Transitions. He has been a member of the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council since 2008, and has presented on multiple webinars for the Rural Institute. He speaks as a Special Olympics Global Messenger and has been a Law Enforcement Torch Run Athlete Ambassador for Montana. In November of 2012 he was awarded the Executive Council International Athlete Award for his work. He is also self-employed as a public speaker focusing on youth issues and technology. His use of technology was featured in the 2012 Spring edition of Apostrophe Magazine. In 2004 he received the "Yes I Can" award in the area of technology. Isaac is a local sports enthusiast. He will often be "at the game" whatever the sport. In the summer time he is busy with his raised garden beds.

Mathalia Stroethoff
has served on the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Board since 2010. She has participated in a variety of work groups, including the Assistive Technology, Portfolio, and Emerging Leader groups. Mathalia has presented in various venues, such as the Montana Council for Exceptional Children conference, Montana Youth in Transition conferences and in several classrooms around Missoula. She completed her high school education at Missoula's Big Sky High School in June 2013. Mathalia is active in the Missoula Aquatic Club swimming. During her school years, she was part of the Big Sky/ Loyola High School Swim Team. She also played in her school orchestra and at various recitals around town. Mathalia works at Prudential Missoula Properties and is employed by The Writing Center at the University of Montana. In her spare time, she makes pot holders to keep up with the demand for the product of her small business. She sells wholesale to seven businesses in Missoula and retail at Missoula Saturday Market and the University-Center Art Fairs. For her Senior Project she explored the fiber arts hoping to find another product she could make and market. Mathalia is learning to spin wool into yarn, to weave rugs on a four-harness floor loom, and other skills such as Australian locker hooking and knitting.

Tracy Fillbach
graduated from Corvallis High School in 2005. She still lives in the Bitterroot Valley and has held jobs at the Discovery Care Center and the Bitterroot Star newspaper. Tracy currently works for a friend who owns mules. She helps show the mules and cares for them with the friend is gone. Tracy has been a member of the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council since May 2009. She has served on a number of work groups, including the Emerging Leader Project, Logo Design and Transition Conference groups. Tracy has recruited Emerging Leaders, sold Emerging Leader Project t-shirts to raise funds to support the council, and staffed vendor tables at the conferences.

Kim Brown
serves as Project Coordinator for the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council and Co-Director for the Children's Special Health Services Transition Project, telecommuting and providing distance education from her home in Canada. Kim lectures and consults nationally and internationally on transition and customized employment. She has taught both on-campus and online undergraduate-level social work classes in the United States and Canada.  In addition, Kim is a Crisis Counselor/Mental Health Counselor with the Pender Islands Health Care Society and is a founding partner of the Healthy Reflections Eating Disorders web site.

Ellen Condon
is the Transition Projects Director at the University of Montana's Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities where she has worked since 1996 on Transition and Employment for youth with significant disabilities.  She is also a consultant with Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) and Griffin-Hammis Associates, and she serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor on the Employment First Leadership State Mentoring Project.  Ellen has worked in the field of Developmental Disabilities since 1986. Prior to coming to Montana her experiences included hands-on service delivery, program development and program management in community residential and supported employment programs.

Randy Cook is a homeowner, gardener, cook, employee, self-advocate and active member of his community. Randy was featured as the February 2015 Rural Institute Transition and Employment Projects "Emerging Leader." 


Addressing Barriers to Employment  


Tuesday, April 7, 2015


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


One hour of Montana Office of Public Instruction renewal credit is available and may be requested at registration. (You MUST register and attend the full training to receive OPI credit.)


The University of Montana provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities who request and require them. Please contact Kim Brown for information. If you will be using a screen reader for this presentation, please notify Kim by Friday, April 3rd.


This project is funded in whole or in part under a contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The statements herein do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Department.


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