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.
The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities has received a five year, $2.5 million health promotion development grant. This grant, awarded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) will fund the development of a state-of-the-art health promotion program. This program will advance the ability of people with disabilities to live independently in the community by increasing access to our current evidence-based health promotion curriculum, Living Well with a Disability, using online multimedia that will support increased motivation and confidence for health improvement.Continue reading about RTC: Rural Awarded Development Grant
The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is holding its annual conference in Virginia Beach October 16th-19th. The theme of this year's conference is "Virginia is for Advocates: Starting a New Revolution at the Beach," and the focus is on independent living, advocacy and transition services. Attendees come to the conference from Centers for Independent Living (CIL) across the country and include executive directors, advocates, direct services staff, peers and youth. During the Friday pre-conference, youth will have a day devoted to learning about the ADA, disability history and creating real change in their communities. At the general conference sessions, participants will have the opportunity to attend trainings designed to support their centers in service delivery and advocacy.Continue reading about Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living-Annual Conference