Working Together to Improve Rural Community Living
The Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) is part of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana. We are funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).
As leaders in rural disability research, we collaborate with disability community members to shape research projects and ensure the relevance of our work. Together, we work to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.
COVID-19 and Rural People with Disabilities
RTC:Rural has been working to share relevant research and information about how the COVID-19 pandemic is, and will continue, to impact people with disabilities. Find a curated list of our COVID-19 posts here:
Visit our Resources page to find links to toolkits, programs, maps, and other resources we’ve created to support people with disabilities, their families, service providers, policy makers, and advocates.
- Amanda Reichard, PhD, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, ACL (Moderator)
- Lance Robertson, Administrator, ACL (Introduction and welcome)
- Collette Adamsen, PhD, Director, National Resource Center on Native American Aging
- Sara Tribe Clark, Director, Eldercare Locator
- Richard Petty, MBA, Director, IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance Center for independent living at ILRU
- Andrew Myers, MA, University of Montana Rural Institute
The webinar is about supporting rural communities by connecting older adults and people with disabilities to resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinar will feature researchers and program leaders including:
The webinar will be held on Zoom, and registration is not required.Continue reading about RTC:Rural project director to present as part of ACL webinar
Do you provide personal assistance services to rural people with disabilities? We want to hear your story!
PAS workers in Alaska, Arizona, and Montana: share your experiences
RTC:Rural is partnering with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care to identify the supports needed for personal assistance services (PAS) workers (also known as personal care attendants, or PCAs) in underserved rural communities.
To help better understand PAS worker experiences, the Rural Personal Assistance Worker Project Team is recruiting PAS workers in Alaska, Arizona, and Montana to take pictures of their daily work experiences.Continue reading about Do you provide personal assistance services to rural people with disabilities? We want to hear your story!