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The Arc Montana Conference brings together advocates and experts

“Let’s start labeling jars, not human beings, because we all are equal.” That statement, delivered by Kurt Rutzen in a speech at the first annual conference of The Arc Montana, sums up the theme of the two-day event at the Hilton Garden Inn in Billings.  Rutzen, a disability rights advocate and member of the national Arc board of directors, told the gathering about his own life’s challenges and how — and why — he speaks up for people with disabilities.

Though he has cerebral palsy and has had to overcome obstacles, Rutzen said he is a rich man, thanks to the support of family and friends. That message reprised a speech he made before the Minnesota Legislature in 2011, which was replayed via You Tube for the Billings audience.

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Oct 2013

State rule changes line up with AWARE care principles

AWARE embraced recent changes by the state Children’s Mental Health Bureau in the way providers deliver services to families and how they measure outcomes. The overhaul of family services, which has touched employees from Successful Starts to payroll, has allowed AWARE to stay true to its principles of unconditional care and faithful to family driven, strength-based, individualized solutions for families. The changes AWARE made brought together services and the people who administer them in ways that didn’t always occur before. And the beneficiaries, she said, are the children and families who receive services.

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