University of Montana Rural Institute

MonTECH – Assistive Technology Tools and Services

Map of MonTECH's location on University of MontanaMonTECH has moved!

Our new location is:
The University of Montana Rural Institute
52 Corbin Hall
Missoula, MT 59812

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Please contact us with any questions – 406-243-5751 or 1-877-243-5511.

    VGo for schools with homebound and hospital bound students

    VGo (a “robot” of sorts that can be remotely operated and allow for real time communication with video across great distances) is being used successfully today by schools for their students who can’t physically go to school due to an illness, accident or medical condition. VGo gets the student back to the traditional schooling environment by providing a physical device that replicates the student while away from hospital.  It is operated in real-time by the student (not the teacher or an aid) so they feel empowered with their independence.  VGo enables students to:

    • Receive the same instruction as their peers
    • Move around/between classrooms independently
    • Socialize with friends in the hallways and at lunch
    • Participate in a full school day with their classmates
    Continue reading about VGo for schools with homebound and hospital bound students

    Regional Training for Stepping On® leaders

    The MT DPHHS is offering a regional training for Stepping On® leaders in Missoula Monday Nov 30 and Tuesday December 1st of 2015. These courses are offered annually in different parts of the state. Stepping On is a CDC promoted,  evidence-based fall prevention program for older adults and has been shown to decrease falls by over 30% in community dwelling older adults.  If you live in Montana, have experience working with older adults and would be interested in being considered for training, please email for more information. This is not the actual course, but rather the training for leaders to teach the Stepping On course. The only cost is your time. Prior experience with older adults or fall prevention is desirable but not required.  Seats are  limited.

    Continue reading about Regional Training for Stepping On® leaders

Programs and Support:

Montana Adaptive Equipment Program

MAEP provides positioning, seating, mobility, recreation and some ADL equipment to Montanans with qualifying developmental disabilities. This grant-funded program may be able to loan adaptive equipment (AE) to children, teens and adults who have a qualifying developmental disability (see eligibility form) and are unable to acquire the AE by other means or need to trial equipment prior to purchase. Our clinical coordinator is available to assist families, therapists, and family support specialists in selecting the best equipment to meet each person’s specific needs.

Montana Assistive Technology Program

MATP provides AT information and services in education, employment, community living, and telecommunications. The mission is to enhance the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities through consumer responsiveness as defined in the AT act.

Other Programs and Projects 

MonTECH oversees various assistive technology (AT) programs and is continually seeking to expand the AT services and supports available to Montanans. Click here to view other projects and programs offered through MonTECH.