The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) conducts research on disability as part of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana. RTC: Rural is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.
Research projects at RTC: Rural focus on community participation and independent living, health & wellness, and employment and vocational rehabilitation. Research products include: Living and Working Well with a Disability, health promotion programs for people with disabilities; Telecom Toolbox, a resource for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors; and the Transportation Voucher program available from the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).
As a NIDILRR-funded program, the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities strives to ensure people with disabilities participate in all stages of the development and implementation of research projects. Our goal is to make sure research results and products are useful and relevant to people with disabilities, their families and service providers.
RTC:Rural Research Associates Dr. Rayna Sage and Lillie Greiman recently co-authored a post on the National Disability Institute Blog.
In their post, they explore relationships between disability, poverty, the labor market, healthcare costs, and housing influences. The following is an excerpt from the beginning of their post:
“There is a well-established and stubborn correlation between disability and poverty. The link between these two social phenomena creates challenges for people with disabilities, service providers, researchers, and advocates across the United States.
At the Research and Training Center on Disabilities in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural), we see this relationship as dynamic, contextual, and rooted in environmental conditions. In fact, looking at a map of poverty and disability across counties in the United States, it is clear that where you live matters for how you may experience both disability and poverty.”
Follow the link below to read the full post on the National Disability Institute blog:
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The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) at the University of Montana, RTC:Rural’s umbrella organization, recently released its Annual Report for FY 2017.
Click below to view an accessible PDF of the Annual Report on the Rural Institute website:
As a key contributor to the RIIC commitment to conduct quality training and research, RTC:Rural continues a strong history of addressing the needs of people with disabilities in rural communities. Our researchers, working together with stakeholder partners including people with disabilities, families, and service providers, identify barriers experienced by people with disabilities living in rural communities and conduct research to develop evidence-based solutions to address those issues.
The RIIC is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Services (UCEDDs). These centers help facilitate the sharing of information and research between communities and researchers at universities. Together, UCEDDs work to provide people with disabilities with the services and support they need to participate fully in their communities.
Check out the RIIC Annual Report above to learn more about what RTC:Rural and the RIIC have done this past year to drive change and change lives to benefit people with disabilities in rural America.Continue reading about Driving Change, Changing Lives: RIIC FY2017 Annual Report features RTC:Rural research