Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities

The Rural Institute has promoted equal opportunity for people with disabilities since 1978. 

We value:

Respectful partnership
We build and maintain respectful partnerships with individuals, organizations, and communities.

Inclusive decision making
We are building an organization led by those most impacted.

Evidence and practice-based solutions
We apply community-led strategies with knowledge and compassion.

Healthy interdependence
We recognize everyone's strengths as we work towards common goals.  Everybody teaches, everybody learns.

Rural community strength
We join the strength of rural communities, coming alongside and providing support.

We have over 50 programs focused on:

Program Spotlight

a woman trying to move inside floating boat using assistive technology

Floating Across Montana

Building accessible kayak and canoe launches

Top view full-length photo of happy successful medics team while conversation at the hospital

Public Health Workforce Expansion

Partnering to support a health and wellness outreach coordinator




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The University of Montana acknowledges that we are in the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people. We honor the path they have always shown us in caring for this place for the generations to come.


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