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.
Read our 2-page Executive Summary: RTC:Rural- Research that Leads to Solutions for Rural Americans with Disabilities (PDF)
Read our 10-page Research Summary: RTC:Rural Research Summary_2017 (PDF)
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.
From Recovery to Rehabilitation to Community Living: Resources for People with Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury and Burn Injury
This week, RTC:Rural is featuring a guest blog by our colleague Cynthia Overton, Principal Research Analysist and Co-Project Director of the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center at the American Institutes for Research.
The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) works to make sure the latest and best research findings are being used in healthcare decision-making. In order to help improve the health and quality of life of people with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and burn injuries, MSKTC creates resources and products that share relevant research findings with the people who need this information.
The resources and information created and shared by MSKTC are important resources that help support people with disabilities so they can engage in their rural communities. In promoting this shared goal, RTC:Rural helps to share these resources with people in rural communities who can benefit from this information.Continue reading about From Recovery to Rehabilitation to Community Living: Resources for People with Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury and Burn Injury
Mark your calendars— the second Peer-to-Peer Series conference call for Living and Working Well with a Disability Facilitators is scheduled for June 28, 2018, at 11 a.m. MT. The call topic is implementation, recruitment, and sustainability. These calls are free and open to any Living and Working Well facilitators, though registration is preferred.
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Living & Working Well Facilitator Peer-to-Peer Series
Second call topic: implementation, recruitment, and sustainability.
A one-hour national conference call to bring together facilitators so we can share knowledge, experiences, and ideas!
June 28, 2018; 11 a.m. MT (10 a.m. Pacific, 12 p.m. Central, 1 p.m. Eastern)
Conference line 1-800-832-0736
Room number (enter when prompted): 7785002
To register, follow this link:
Curious to know more about what facilitators shared in the first Peer-to-Peer Series call? We’ve put together a “FAQ: Facilitator-Answered Questions” handout to highlight some of the gems of wisdom shared on Call #1, which was held on April 26, 2018. The topic was managing group dynamics. View a PDF and text-only version of the document by following the links below:
These documents are also available to all Living and Working Well with a Disability Facilitators on the Facilitator Tips page of the Living and Working Well program website.
The Living Well and Working Well with a Disability programs are evidence-based, peer-led health promotion workshops provided by organizations that serve people with disabilities. RTC:Rural provides training and certification for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and other organizations to conduct the workshops. Both programs are based on the Independent Living philosophy, which recognizes that individual choice and self-determination are essential components of living independently in the community.
Since Living Well and Working Well began offering program training and implementation, over 1,600 facilitators have been trained in 47 states, in turn serving over 13,000 adults with disabilities. To learn more about the development of Living and Working Well, visit the RTC:Rural website project pages here:
Interested in becoming a Living or Working Well with a Disability facilitator or provider? Visit the Living & Working Well with a Disability website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, resources, or to be added to the Living and Working Well listserv.Continue reading about Living and Working Well with a Disability Facilitators: Register today for Peer-to-Peer Call #2!