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#RuralDisability | April 26, 2017
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RTC:Rural contributes to disability sessions at American Assn. of Geographers annual meeting

RTC:Rural’s presentation at the 2017 American Association of Geographers annual meeting generated enthusiastic conversation about the values and challenges of using big data to address rural issues. RTC:Rural researcher Andrew Myers presented findings on current disability patterns in rural America with a focus on employment rates. At this year's annual meeting, the AAG Disability Specialty Group brought together researchers to share the latest geographical research about disability. Myers is a board member of the Specialty Group, and helped organize the three-session “Geographies of Disability” track at the conference.


RTC:Rural developing self-employment training module for VR counselors and consumers

RTC:Rural and our partners work to promote self-employment among people with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation system as an option to address some of the barriers to employment of living in a rural community. Building on many years of self-employment research at RTC:Rural, we are currently creating an accessible, online version of a manual developed in partnership with the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) and other stakeholders. This version will help VR counselors become better prepared to guide consumers through the self-employment process.

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Resilience Study poster sparks conversations at 2017 NARRTC conference

 “How People with Disabilities Thrive in Rural Communities,” RTC:Rural's poster submission at the 2017 National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC) conference, displayed the preliminary results of The Resilience Study, a collaboration between RTC:Rural and our partners at the University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living. In collaboration with staff at Centers for Independent Living (CILs), researchers identified people with physical disabilities who were considered “resilient.”


Healthy Community Living project now on Twitter!

We're pleased to welcome our colleagues at the Healthy Community Living (HCL) project to the Twittersphere! HCL aims to improve health by providing support, health promotion, education, and opportunities for people with disabilities to succeed in reaching personal goals. HCL is developing two classes, Community Living Skills and Living Well in the Community, to encourage people to explore skills for community living both online and in-person with peers and allies. Currently, the project is building a collection of photos, like the one on the left, that depict everyday life of people with and without disabilities for use in the curriculum. Be sure to follow the HCL project at @WeAreHCL - and make sure you're also following @RTC_Rural for updates on our other projects!


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) Grant No. H133B130028 to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.