University of Montana Rural Institute

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

The Executive Summary and Research Summary document covers. Both say "Research that Leads to Solutions for Rural Americans with Disabilities," and feature images of a map of disability rates by county across the US. 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.

Read our 2-page Executive Summary: RTC:Rural- Research that Leads to Solutions for Rural Americans with Disabilities (PDF)

Read our 10-page Research Summary: RTC:Rural Research Summary_2017 (PDF)

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.

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    Research Snapshot: Expanding the Availability and Quality of Rural Data

    Lillie Greiman speaking at a conference
    Lillie Greiman

    In order to create policies and programs that serve the needs of
    people with disabilities in rural communities, it is important to know things
    about them, such as demographic information and location. The federal
    government maintains several large data sets that collect this information.
    However, it can be difficult to access rural disability data from these data
    sets (see Data Limitations in the American Community
    Survey: The Impact on Rural Disability Research
    ).

    To address this, RTC:Rural is conducting rural analyses of
    existing large data sets to contribute to a national disability statistics
    resource.

    Lillie Greiman, RTC:Rural Project Director, explains the project and its goals, and gives a quick progress update.

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    Research Snapshot: Exploring Rural Disability Onset

    RTC:Rural’s previous research has found that people who live in rural areas begin to experience disability from mobility, cognitive and sensory impairment as much as 10 years before people in urban areas. There are also higher rates of disability in rural areas across all age groups. We have also found that racial and ethnic minorities experience the highest disability rates as well as the greatest urban/rural differences.

    While some people are born with a disability, most disability is acquired. This can happen suddenly by injury or slowly by chronic disease. Healing, disease course and medical treatment, underlying causes of disability, often fluctuate. This means people do not always report disability consistently over time.

    In order to understand urban/rural differences, RTC:Rural is conducting research to understand how disability evolves in rural and urban areas.

    Bryce Ward, RTC:Rural Statistician, explains the project and its goals, and gives a quick progress update.

    Map of 2015 OMB County Designations. Click on map to link to web page with full text description and file for download.

    Map of 2015 OMB County Designations showing urban and rural counties across the United States. Click on the map for a full text description and for a larger, downloadable version. To browse or download the data this map was created with, use our Disability Counts Data Finder tool.
    Map produced July 2017.

     

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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.