Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities



Founded in 1978 at the University of Montana, we engage in research, provide education and interdisciplinary training, and develop model services that improve the skills, abilities, quality of life and satisfaction of people with disabilities in rural communities, their families and those who serve and support them.

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities is trusted for its collective expertise, capacity and reliability.


We practice (a) respectful partnership, (b) informed leadership and (c) evidence-based agenda-setting. We work WITH people rather than FOR or ON people. The Rural Institute will continue to fully include people with disabilities as employees, advisers and valued colleagues.

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