What we do:
For nearly 30 years, RTC: Rural has conducted disability research as part of the Rural Institute 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.
To achieve this, we:
- Perform research to solve rural problems.
- Offer training and technical assistance to service providers.
- Work to reduce barriers to community participation.
- Present rural issues to disability groups.
Faculty and Staff
- Catherine Ipsen, Ph.D., Director and Director of Employment Research
- Craig Ravesloot, Ph.D., Research Director
- Tom Seekins, Ph.D., Retired Director
- Tracy Boehm Barrett, Director of Knowledge Translation
- Justice Ender, Communications Associate
- Lillie Greiman, Project Director
- Tannis Hargrove, Project Director
RTC:Rural- Research that Leads to Solutions for Rural Americans with Disabilities
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)
By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.
Find programs, toolkits, maps, and other information on our Resources page.
As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process. This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities. Our goal is to make sure research results and products are useful and relevant to people with disabilities, their families and service providers.
The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:RURAL) is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RTCP0002). As the federal government’s primary disability research agency, NIDILRR is established within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.