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Rock by Rock

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Stigmas surrounding disabilities are damaging, and awareness campaigns often try to address this head on by providing more accurate information and promoting understanding. Rock by rock, a Columbia falls...

Ordinary kid with extraordinary talent advocates Autism Acceptance

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At the age of 12, Matthew Rau has already accomplished publishing his first book of poetry. “Heart of the Seasons”  expresses his keen observation and appreciation of nature’s changes throughout...

Safe Infant Sleep: help baby sleep safely!

The Safe Kids Missoula Coalition led by Fdn for Com Health works hard to promote important child safety messages. Each month, they focus on a different topic related to preventable child accidents, injuries...

From Artist to Behavior Technician

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If someone had asked me ten years ago what I would be doing today, managing a center for children with Autism would not have been my answer! AUTUMN KOSTKA: Artist, Mother and Lead Behavior Technician...

Little girl, BIG heart

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This little girl awed us with her big heart last holiday season, and she’s done it again this year! Raelynn Keller—who lives in Kalispell, MT, with her mother Taelon, father Rick and younger brother...

Obstacle Course, Barrier-Free!

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Earlier this month, the Child Development Center (CDC) brought its Flathead Valley kids and families together at Kalispell’s Lawrence Park for a colorful afternoon of egg-balancing, slip-n-slidin’,...

Through His Eyes: a mom’s tribute to her son, who is blind

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Terri with her two sons: Kieran, who is blind, snuggles at her leg, and Brodie sits in her arm. Kieran is a young Missoula, Montana boy who loves the outdoors, music and his family. He is also blind. What...

Emerging Leader

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Shelley, a young Missoula woman and entrepreneur, is this month’s featured Emerging Leader of Rural Institute’s Transition & Employment Projects. Shelley, who has Down syndrome, does not...

Building an Autism-Inclusive Community

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This brave, beautiful NW Montana family shared some of their personal experiences with autism, and their story was published in the Flathead Beacon. Next time you’re in the grocery store and you...

Shift from Awareness to Inclusion

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Western Montana is embracing autism acceptance. Check out this article in the Missoulian, and please consider supporting children with autism in the Child Development Center’s programs by making...

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