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Living Well in Montana is produced by Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT) and Billings Community 7 Television and airs on Billings Community 7 TV.

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Home Modifications

In this episode of Living Well in Montana, Host Corby Skinner is joined by LIFTT team members, Steve Woodard to discuss wheelchair ramps and other home accessibility modifications and the important part those play in keeping people with disabilities independent in their homes & communities and how LIFTT can assist consumers in finding these resources.

Watch Home Modifications on CastUs.tv.

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Consumer Stories: Robert Hamilton

In this episode of Living Well in Montana, Hosts Kathleen Benoit and Corby Skinner are joined by LIFTT Consumer Robert Hamilton of Forsyth, MT and LIFTT Team member Cheryl Riga to discuss how LIFTT has and continues to provide Robert with the assistance and services he needs in order to meet his independent living goals.

Watch Robert’s story on CastUs.tv.

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Disabilities in the Political Realm

In this episode of Living Well in Montana, Host Corby Skinner is joined by LIFTT team members Lee Hoblitzell and Jed Barton to discuss the complexities of advocating as persons with disabilities in political and public policy spaces.

Watch Disabilities in the Political Realm on CastUs.tv.

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Garett Gaustad & Tanya Thomas’s Stories

In this episode of Living Well in Montana, Host Kathleen Benoit is joined by LIFTT team members Garett Gaustad and Tanya Thomas who talk about the professional and personal growth they have experienced as part of the LIFTT peer program.

Watch Garett and Tanya’s story on CastUs.tv.

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Parents of Children with Autism

In this episode of Living Well in Montana, Host Kathleen Benoit is joined by LIFTT team member Dianne Booth and Liz Miller of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Miller and Booth discuss their experiences parenting children with autism.

Watch Parenting Children with Autism on CastUs.tv.

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Driving with Disabilities

In this episode of Living Well in Montana, Host Corby Skinner is joined by LIFTT team member, Lee Hoblitzell to discuss Lee’s experiences driving while disabled including transferring into the vehicle and vehicle modifications such as hand controls. The program includes a video from the series How To: With Mary Allison, produced by the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD).

Watch Driving with Disabilities on CastUs.tv.

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Systems Change Advocacy​

In this episode of Living Well in Montana, Host Corby Skinner is joined by LIFTT team member, Jed Barton who tells about how LIFTT and the wider network of Centers for Independent Living work to break down the systemic barriers to the freedom and equality of persons with disabilities.

Watch Systems Change Advocacy on CastUs.tv.

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SPIRIT Club Inclusive Virtual Exercise & Healthy Lifestyle Classes

In this episode of “Living Well in Montana” host, Kathleen Benoit is joined by LIFTT team member Cheryl Riga, SPIRIT Club Founder Jared Ciner and SPIRIT Club Operations Manager Henry Scheller to discuss the partnership between LIFTT and the Maryland-based SPIRIT Club to bring supportive inclusive virtual exercise and healthy lifestyle classes to people with disabilities free of charge across LIFTT’s 18-county service area in Eastern Montana.

Watch this video about Spirit Club on CastUs.tv.

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Youth Transitions: Part 1

In this episode of Living Well in Montana, Host Kathleen Benoit is joined by LIFTT team members, Jennifer Hawkinson and MaKenna Andreopoulos to their discussion on how LIFTT works with Youth with Disabilities to help them (and their families) adjust to new realities as they exit high school and enter adult life.

Watch Youth Transitions Part 1 on CastUs.tv.

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Youth Transitions: Part 2

In this episode of Living Well in Montana, Host Corby Skinner is joined by LIFTT team members, Jennifer Hawkinson and MaKenna Andreopoulos to continue their discussion on how LIFTT works with Youth with Disabilities to help them make the transition from the K-12 environment to post-secondary education and jobs.

Watch Youth Transitions Part 2 on CastUs.tv.

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Disability Etiquette & Sensitivity

In this episode of “Living Well in Montana” host, Kathleen Benoit discusses with LIFTT team members Larry Ketchem and Jed Barton their experiences navigating the world with their disabilities and how people can be cognizant and respectful of people with disabilities in their midst. Included in this program is a brief video on disability etiquette produced by the Office of Disability Rights of the District of Columbia.

Watch Disability Etiquette and Sensitivity on CastUs.tv.

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LIFTT Board Chair Andy Fox

In this episode of Living Well in Montana” hosts Kathleen Benoit and Corby Skinner talk with the chair of LIFTT’s Board of Director’s Andy Fox about his experiences as a person living and working with a disability in Big Sky Country.

Watch the interview with Andy on CastUs.tv.

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The Montana Statewide Independent Living Council

In this episode of “Living Well in Montana” host Kathleen Benoit learns more about the role of the Statewide Independent Living Council in leading the push for an inclusive disability policy in Montana. Kathleen’s guest is Statewide Independent Living Council chair and former director of the Montana Youth Transitions Project and Montana Youth Leadership Forum June Hermanson.

Learn more about the Independent Living Council on CastUs.tv.

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LIFTT SDPAS Program

The topic of this episode of “Living Independently in Montana” is LIFTT’s Medicaid Self Directed Personal Care Assistance Services (SDPAS) also known as the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program and features a discussion with the program supervisor Freda Mook and program facilitator Lanette Brown moderated by Kathleen Benoit.

Watch this video on Personal Care Assistants on CastUs.tv.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Part 1

In the first part of this two-part episode of “Living Well in Montana” hosts Kathleen Benoit and Corby Skinner discuss the history and purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT) board member and Montana State University Billings Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Services Dr. Paula McMahon.

Watch this video about ADA Part 1 on CastUs.tv.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Part 2

In the second part of this two-part episode of “Living Well in Montana” hosts Kathleen Benoit and Corby Skinner discuss the history and purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT) board member and Montana State University Billings Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Services Dr. Paula McMahon.

Watch this video about ADA Part 2 on CastUs.tv.

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LIFTT Peer Program

In this episode of “Living Independently in Montana” Host Corby Skinner interviews LIFTT’s Peer Coordinator, Tanya Thomas, and Peer Garrett Gaustad about the opportunities for support and mentorship available through LIFTT’s Peer Program.

Learn more about the LIFTT Peer Program on CastUs.tv.

Montana Empowerment Center

Montana Empowerment Center

In this episode of “Living Well in Montana” hosts Jed Barton and Kathleen Benoit talk with Tom Lynaugh of the Montana Empowerment Center (MEC, mtempowermentcenter.org) about how parents of school aged children with disabilities who are overwhelmed by the bureaucratic intricacies associated with the public education systems and need assistance can work with MEC to receive guidance and advocacy to ensure that their child gets the services to which they are entitled so that they can succeed in the classroom.

Learn more about LIFTT & the Montana Empowerment Center on CastUs.tv.

Living Well in Community Workshop

In this episode of “Living Independently in Montana” Host Corby Skinner interviews LIFTT Independent Living Specialist Cheryl Riga, and Peer Katelyn Baker about the Living Well in Community Workshop offered by LIFTT.

Designed as part of the Healthy Community Living (HCL) program, Living Well in the Community is a peer-led 10-session workshop for people with disabilities to set goals to support their overall quality of life and wellbeing. Workshop participants can:

  • Identify what is meaningful to them and then set quality of life goals around ways they want to make their lives better.
  • Make progress toward the goals they set by applying problem-solving skills and managing emotions like frustration and discouragement, feelings that can get in the way of reaching goals.
  • Discover tools and skills that can make goal achievement easier like communicating effectively and finding important resources.
  • Explore ways to improve their overall health by changing daily habits.
  • Practice self-advocacy and systems-advocacy to help them make changes that can support them and others in living well.

If you are interested in participating in an upcoming Living Well in the Community workshop, contact LIFTT at (406) 259-5181.

To learn more about Living Well in the Community visit: https://healthycommunityliving.com/living-well-in-the-community.html

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