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.


    Housing and Participation Symposium at NARRTC

    Researchers from the RTC:Rural, Craig Ravesloot, Lillie Greiman, and Andrew Myers, in collaboration with Bryce Ward from the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research, will present a housing

    Wheelchair user trying to maneuver within confined kitchen space.

    For people with disabilities, access issues can be both within and outside of the home.

    symposium at the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers conference in Alexandria, VA on May 6, 2016.  The symposium will focus on housing characteristics, experiences and community engagement of people with disabilities. Using data from three different sources, the American Housing Survey, the Health and Home Survey, and the American Time Use Survey, we will explore housing characteristics of homes in rural areas and then examine the association between housing experiences and community engagement. We look forward to sharing our findings and learning how we may improve our research to better serve people with disabilities in rural communities.

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    Rural Research Featured at NARRTC Conference

    Researchers from the RTC:Rural, Lillie Greiman and Andrew Myers will present a paper at the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers conference in Alexandria, VA on May 6, 2016.  They will present recent research findings using data from the American Community survey to highlight rates of disability in rural areas. This geographic analysis reveals vast disparities across the urban-rural continuum as well as spatial variations of disability services within rural America.

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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.