July 27, 2017

Living Well with a Disability Program featured in national webinar on Building Inclusive Programs

On July 18, 2017, staff from RTC:Rural presented at the webinar “Building Inclusive Programs to Serve Adults with Disabilities,” hosted by the National Council on Aging Center for Healthy Aging. The webinar was well attended, with 320 participants from around the country. The webinar was recorded; click here to view the video or download presentation slides.

RTC:Rural Knowledge Translation Director Tracy Boehm Barrett and Montana Disability and Health Program Director Meg Ann Traci provided an overview of our successful Living Well with a Disability (LWD) program including its research and development history, and how it has been expanded and sustained over the years, which has been largely influenced by consumer and service provider input.

A group of seven people, three sitting in wheelchairs, at a workshop outside around a tableLWD is an evidence-based, peer-led health promotion and self-management program for adults with disabilities, recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It focuses on developing a healthy and balanced lifestyle as a vehicle to reach individual quality-of-life goals.

To date, our program has trained 1,218 Living Well with a Disability workshop facilitators, representing nearly 300 community agencies in 46 states.  Nearly 10,000 individuals with disabilities have been served through the Living Well with a Disability program.

In addition to the presentation on the development, implementation, and successes of LWD, the webinar featured a third presenter, Karl Cooper, Esq. of the American Association on Health and Disability. Mr. Cooper provided an overview of the health and disability landscape in the United States. Helpful resources and strategies for ensuring evidence-based programs are accessible for all were also featured.

“We were very pleased to be invited to participate in this webinar and share its historical research and development,” says Tracy Boehm Barrett. “Living Well has been a launch pad program to engage people with disabilities in self-management of their health in a way that recognizes the unique barriers and secondary health conditions that people with disabilities experience.  In the spirit of building inclusive communities, providing the tools and resources for managing one’s health and well-being is essential to ensuring community participation by all. We want to thank the Center for Health Aging for inviting us to present!”

A retirement-age couple walking a small dog along a street. The woman is walking and the man is using a wheelchair.If you are interested in learning more about our Living Well with a Disability program, RTC:Rural is hosting two upcoming webinars. Click on the links below to register for the webinars:

  • The Living Well Technical Assistance Webinar, to be held August 3, 2017, is designed for past and current Living Well program providers and facilitators. It will cover recent changes to the program website and licensing.
  • The Living Well Intro Webinar, to be held August 24, 2017, is designed for those who are new to the Living Well program and may be interested in hosting a workshop series. It will introduce LWD program content and the process for an organization to become a licensed program provider.

For additional details about Living Well with a Disability, you may also visit the Living Well with a Disability program website or contact Training Associate Maggie Lawrence at Maggie.lawrence@mso.umt.edu or (406) 243-4688.