Join Independent Living Specialist Cassie Weightman to learn:
- What "independent living" means and what life domains it includes
- How to plan and prepare for it from the time kids are young, and
- How Centers for Independent Living fit in and what resources they can offer transition-age youth
Please note: some of the resources shared may be Montana-specific.
Youth and young adults with disabilities, parents and other family members, individuals who support young people in their transition to adult life
Cassie Weightman grew up in Whitehall, MT and attended Montana State University receiving a degree in Health and Human Development. After doing AmeriCorps in Florida and teaching English in South Korea, she began working at Montana Independent Living Project (MILP) in Butte, MT. Cassie has been the Independent Living Specialist for over seven years. Cassie loves her job and counts herself extremely lucky to work closely with individuals to accomplish their goals, work toward increasing accessibility in the communities that she serves, thinking outside the box to help increase social opportunities and connections, and working with youth on finding their passion. She is also a Certified Work Incentives Planner, helping individuals understand how work impacts Social Security benefits. Cassie is a board member for Silver Bow Developmental Disabilities Council and the Associated Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL). Cassie lives in Butte with her husband, Jon, and husky, Margo. They recently opened a store in Uptown Butte, 5518 Designs, where she is excited to engage youth in Pre-ETS work experiences.