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Webinar - Home Sweet Home: Housing Options for Young Adults with Disabilities

Home Sweet Home: Housing Options for Young Adults with Disabilities

You can view the archived webinar here: http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/transition/trainingcalend.asp
As a young person with a developmental disability transitioning from high school to your adult life, you've probably been thinking about where you want to live after you graduate. (In an apartment with friends? In a college dorm? In your own condo or house?) You can start planning NOW to create the future living situation you want.

One of our presenters will describe how she made her housing dream come true. Our second presenter will introduce you to Montana options and resources that can help you achieve your housing goals, whatever they might be.

Presenters:
Sierra Lode learned to use augmentative/alternative communication at the age of three and that enabled her to be competitive in the educational setting despite her quadriplegia and inability to communicate verbally. Through her sheer tenacity she achieved an Associate of Arts Degree in 2012 from the University of Montana College of Technology at the age of 28. Sierra is an advocate for youth with disabilities, serving on the University of Montana Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council. She was a delegate at the first Montana Youth Leadership Forum in 2000 and continued to support the Forum as a volunteer for the next 10 years. Sierra was appointed to the National Youth Leadership Network in 2002 in Washington, D.C., and appointed to the National Youth Leadership Network Advanced Institute in 2005. Sierra was awarded the 2005 Emerging Leader Award from the Montana Center on Disabilities at Montana State University. She works part-time as a peer advocate for Summit Independent Living Center in Missoula. Sierra has given numerous volunteer presentations advocating for youth with disabilities, and she is currently in the process of pursuing her career by developing a business plan that will put her "on the road" as a motivational speaker. In the spring of 2013, Sierra purchased her own home.

Michael M. O'Neil is a Program Officer with A.W.A.R.E. Inc., Montana's leader in providing innovative community services for persons with disabilities. Michael has extensive experience in the development of affordable housing and community living opportunities and resources, particularly for people with disabilities. AWARE works to create community integrated housing opportunities for persons with disabilities across the age and ability spectrum addressing housing needs from homelessness to Olmstead housing and integrated community rental housing to expanding homeownership opportunities. They work to promote affordability and enhanced accessibility options in all housing options. AWARE has assisted over 130 individuals and families with disabilities to become homeowners. In his work, Michael strongly advocates the view that quality, safe, accessible and affordable housing is the fundamental foundation for establishing stable community living and a life of greater independence and dignity for all.

Title:

Home Sweet Home: Housing Options for Young Adults with Disabilities

Date:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Time:

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT

As a young person with a developmental disability transitioning from high school to your adult life, you've probably been thinking about where you want to live after you graduate. (In an apartment with friends? In a college dorm? In your own condo or house?) You can start planning NOW to create the future living situation you want.

One of our presenters will describe how she made her housing dream come true. Our second presenter will introduce you to Montana options and resources that can help you achieve your housing goals, whatever they might be.

Presenters:
Sierra Lode learned to use augmentative/alternative communication at the age of three and that enabled her to be competitive in the educational setting despite her quadriplegia and inability to communicate verbally. Through her sheer tenacity she achieved an Associate of Arts Degree in 2012 from the University of Montana College of Technology at the age of 28. Sierra is an advocate for youth with disabilities, serving on the University of Montana Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council. She was a delegate at the first Montana Youth Leadership Forum in 2000 and continued to support the Forum as a volunteer for the next 10 years. Sierra was appointed to the National Youth Leadership Network in 2002 in Washington, D.C., and appointed to the National Youth Leadership Network Advanced Institute in 2005. Sierra was awarded the 2005 Emerging Leader Award from the Montana Center on Disabilities at Montana State University. She works part-time as a peer advocate for Summit Independent Living Center in Missoula. Sierra has given numerous volunteer presentations advocating for youth with disabilities, and she is currently in the process of pursuing her career by developing a business plan that will put her "on the road" as a motivational speaker. In the spring of 2013, Sierra purchased her own home.

Michael M. O'Neil is a Program Officer with A.W.A.R.E. Inc., Montana's leader in providing innovative community services for persons with disabilities. Michael has extensive experience in the development of affordable housing and community living opportunities and resources, particularly for people with disabilities. AWARE works to create community integrated housing opportunities for persons with disabilities across the age and ability spectrum addressing housing needs from homelessness to Olmstead housing and integrated community rental housing to expanding homeownership opportunities. They work to promote affordability and enhanced accessibility options in all housing options. AWARE has assisted over 130 individuals and families with disabilities to become homeowners. In his work, Michael strongly advocates the view that quality, safe, accessible and affordable housing is the fundamental foundation for establishing stable community living and a life of greater independence and dignity for all.

Title:

Home Sweet Home: Housing Options for Young Adults with Disabilities

Date:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Time:

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT

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