Living & Working Well Facilitator Call Series
#RuralDisability | April 20, 2018
#RuralDisability An eNewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
American Association of Geographers Annual meeting

RTC:Rural presents at annual American Association of Geographers meeting

Research Associates Andrew Myers and Lillie Greiman, joined by University of Montana graduate student Kourtney Johnson, recently returned from the 2018 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Myers presented research on the implications of housing design and policy on community participation of people with disabilities in rural communities. Greiman presented research on employment rates for people with and without disabilities, and how these rates are not spatially consistent across the U.S. Johnson presented network analysis data examining how far people with disabilities travel to reach Centers for Independent Living.

In addition, Myers is a director of the Disability Specialty Group, an AAG subgroup that focuses on addressing accessibility issues.

To read more about their presentations, follow the link below:

Living & Working Well Facilitator Peer-to-Peer Series invitation. See blog post for full text description.

New Living & Working Well Facilitator Peer-to-Peer Series

The Living Well and Working Well with a Disability programs are evidence-based, peer-led health promotion workshops provided by organizations that serve people with disabilities. RTC:Rural provides training and certification for organizations to conduct the workshops.

Beginning on April 26, RTC:Rural is hosting a new Peer-to-Peer Series for Living and Working Well with a Disability facilitators. These one-hour conference calls are open to all facilitators who are involved in these programs, and there is no cost to participate.

Follow the link below to learn more:

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Telecom Toolbox Guest Blogger Series

RTC:Rural's Telecom Toolbox, a website that helps people with disabilities find employment using online career development tools, is starting a new Guest Blogger series!

In “Digital Content: Moving Beyond Sunsets and Silhouettes,” RTC:Rural Communications Associate Justice Ender shares his knowledge on creating online content and how to find and use pictures that accurately represent people with disabilities. In “Blog Your Way to a Successful Career—Q & A with Molly Spence,” writer and disability advocate Molly Spence shares how writing her blog, Molly’s Zone, helped her to gain confidence and become a more vocal advocate.

To learn more about the series and for links to the guest blog posts, click on the link below:

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Self-Employment & Vocational Rehabilitation

Self-employment is an important option for people with disabilities, especially in rural areas. RTC:Rural has been, and is currently, working with vocational rehabilitation service providers to help people with disabilities achieve and maintain employment.

Follow the links below for a sample of our publications on self-employment:

To learn more about current and past RTC:Rural Employment research, click on the link below to visit the RTC:Rural website:

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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. 90RT5025 to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.