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Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities



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Community Participation and Independent Living

Rural Americans with disabilities want to participate in community life. But to live independently they may need targeted services and local systems advocacy.

Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation

Rural people with disabilities have a higher rate of unemployment than their urban counterparts, possibly due to the marginal nature of many rural economies.


Health and Wellness

Access to healthcare is both a generic rural healthcare problem and a specific problem of healthcare usability for people with disabilities.

Knowledge Translation

RTC: Rural engages knowledge users in the planning, development, execution, and dissemination of research.