AIM has been chosen to take part in a new initiative called Healthy Community Living, and will offer a pair of independent living skills courses to people with disabilities next year.
AIM was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the University of Montana's Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) to offer the courses.
The courses were developed by RTC: Rural and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), with funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.
The courses will be offered by independent living centers across the country.
Both courses are peer-led, web-based multi-media programs, delivered in weekly two-hour sessions for 11 weeks.
One class is called Living Well in the Community, and topics include eating well, physical activity, goal setting and building supports. The other, Community Living Skills, includes topics such as self-care, self-advocacy, housing, transportation and disability identity.
AIM staff will attend a conference in Denver, Colo., this fall to be trained as facilitators, and the courses will be offered in early 2019. The schedule will be announced at a later date. For more details about the Healthy Community Living project, click