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#RuralDisability | April 2020
#RuralDisability- an eNewsletter from the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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Recognizing people with disabilities in the COVID-19 pandemic

As people around the world are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the needs of people with disabilities should not be overlooked or go unaddressed. To assess impact, it’s important to understand the prevalence and geographic distribution of different types of impairments. We share several resources to help access that data for rural communities across the country.  

Map of the US showing hospital referral regions and number of people with disability per bed. Click on the 'read more' button to link with full text description.

Identifying potential hospital bed shortages for people with disabilities

Hospital capacity varies greatly across the nation, as does the prevalence of disability. In order to understand which areas may be most impacted by an influx of patients with disabilities, we analyzed the number of people with disabilities per hospital bed across hospital referral regions.

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Share your COVID-19 story

RTC:Rural is collecting real stories from real people in rural places who are impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

We want to help shed light on what is actually happening in the lives of people with disabilities from the perspectives of consumers, family members, caregivers and service providers. Participants can choose to remain anonymous.

Click on the 'read more' button below for contact information. 

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COVID-19 Resources

We have compiled a list of useful information and resources. This list is not exhaustive. It also includes links to resource lists on the Rural Institute and Montana Disability and Health Program websites. 

University of Montana Rural Institute. RTC:Rural (Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities)

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 number 90RTCP0002 to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.