University of Montana Rural Institute

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities – RTC: Rural

MainHallwithSquirrelThe 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.

Learn more about RTC: Rural, our staff and history by checking out our About Page .  Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


    Driving Change, Changing Lives: RIIC FY2017 Annual Report features RTC:Rural research

    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:

    Cover of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities FY2017 Annual Report. Driving Change, Changing Lives.

    Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities FY 2017: Driving Change, Changing Lives

    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.

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    Revised Transportation Voucher Toolkit available for FREE

    What's at the top of RTC:Rural's holiday wish list? Accessible transportation for people with disabilities in rural communities!

    Looking for some new ideas and resources to help with transportation in your area? Then check out the revised Toolkit for Operating a Rural Transportation Voucher Program.

    Transportation, especially in rural areas, continues to be one of the main issues that people with disabilities deal with on a daily basis. To help address this barrier to community participation, RTC:Rural and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) developed the Rural Transportation Voucher Program. This Toolkit was recently updated and can now be downloaded for free from the APRIL and RTC websites.

    Flyer for the Toolkit for Operating a Rural Transportation Voucher Program. Full text description found below image.

    Email Lauren Smith (lauren.smith@mso.umt.edu) for a high-resolution PDF file of the flyer.

    Text description:

    Toolkit for Operating a Rural Transportation Voucher Program. Updated 2017. Learn how to bring together community members and resources to create a transportation system for people with disabilities in rural areas.

    Why try a voucher program?

    • Relatively low-cost
    • Promotes cost-sharing among service agencies, riders, and transit providers
    • Riders can get rides when and where they want
    • Gives riders more choices in where they live and work
    • Emphasis on rider needs, not agency considerations

    Download the toolkit here:

    For individual training and technical assistance, contact APRIL Executive Director Billy Altom at bwaltom@sbcglobal.net.

     

    For more information about the Toolkit, individualized training in the voucher program model, and technical assistance, please contact APRIL Executive Director Billy Altom at bwaltom@sbcglobal.net.

     

     

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What does RTC: Rural do?

RTC: Rural is a leader in research on disability in rural communities. Visit our About page to learn more.