"Life is inherently improv." - Mike Beers, youth transitions coordinator and comedian
 
#RuralDisability | April 30, 2019
 
#RuralDisability. An eNewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities.
 
 
 
 
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Improv in action: Alabama CIL uses Advocacy Toolkit to teach youth

Disability Rights & Resources, a Center for Independent Living in Birmingham, AL, is using RTC:Rural’s Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit to introduce advocacy skills to youth with disabilities across Alabama.

“We’re focusing on recruiting underserved youth, and youth in rural areas,” said Darcy Dixon, Community Empowerment Specialist. “We are excited about the opportunity to pass on advocacy resources and skills to individuals so that they can be a vital asset in their communities.”

 
 
 
 
 
RTC:Rural Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities and the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) National Survey on Health Reform and Disability.

RTC:Rural shares rural health care survey findings at NARRTC conference

On April 23, Dr. Meredith Repke, RTC:Rural Research
Associate, presented findings from the Rural
Access to Health Insurance and Health Care study, a partnership between RTC:Rural and the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL), at the 2019 NARRTC conference. 

Repke presented as part of a panel of researchers on the
project who are sharing different findings from the 2018 National Survey on Health Reform and Disability.

 
 
 
 
 
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More to discover in the Rural Disability Resource Library

There are many resources available online for people with disabilities, but it can be hard to sort through them all. Also, not many have been designed with rural communities in mind.

That’s why RTC:Rural created the Rural Disability Resource Library, an online collection of resources specifically for rural people with disabilities, their families, service providers, advocates, and policy makers.

Follow the link below to watch the introductory video and learn more:
 
 
 
 
A group of people, some with visible disabilities, perform the Name Sympnhony improv activity, part of the Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit.
 
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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 numbers 90RT50250100 and 90RTCP0002-01-00 to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.