University of Montana Rural Institute

MonTECH – Assistive Technology Tools and Services

    Katie Hill Finds A New Voice

    Katie Hill with her Zuvo 12
    Twelve-year-old Katie Hill is kind of a media star these days. Katie has a genetic movement disorder and is nonverbal, and her quest to find a better speech-generating device (SGD) has garnered the attention of the Great Falls Tribune. The Tribune has published two lengthy articles about Katie. Pair that coverage with the posting of her entry in a speech competition on a big company web site, and you can see the media attention is beginning to feel routine.

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    Combating Eye Strain

    Eye strain picture

    By Scott Thomas

    Eye strain

    Eye strain (or computer vision syndrome) has been a consistent issue in my year plus of operating an eye gaze computer. It is common among computer users, and a compounding issue if you are someone who relies on their eyes for productivity and communication. Discomfort due to eye strain increases as users spend more time behind the screen, so, what can we do to lessen our discomfort? Having a well-lit environment is a good first step.

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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.