Research and Training Center on
Disability in Rural Communities
The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) was established in 1988 as part of the Rural Institute at the University of Montana. RTC:Rural is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to improve the ability of persons with disabilities to live independently in rural America. To do this RTC:Rural
Organizes and implements a comprehensive, integrated program of research and training.
Produces cost-effective, replicable "social technologies" for solving rural community problems.
Develops rural community infrastructure to enhance the opportunities for people with disabilities to achieve their own goals by leading healthy and independent lives.
Integrates disability issues into the agenda of agencies, organizations, and programs that address broad issues.
Represents rural issues to agencies, organizations, and programs addressing disability issues.
Advances a science of rural community disability and rehabilitation.