Start your week off right with our new #MapMonday series!
#RuralDisability | August 10, 2017
Masthead reading #RuralDisability: an enewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
section of a map of the United States showing disability rate in each county

Start your week off right with #MapMonday, our new "Disability in America" map series

RTC:Rural is excited to announce the launch of “Disability in America,” a new series of maps produced from our research. Every Monday, a new map will be revealed. Please follow and share this series on social media with the #MapMonday hashtag via the RTC:Rural Facebook and Twitter accounts. Some of the maps can be previewed on the RTC:Rural website here: Disability in American Map Series. The maps are based on demographic data collected through the American Community Survey and cover disability rates, rates of particular types of disabilities, and other status of people with disabilities such as poverty and employment.

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August 24 webinar: Learn more about our Living Well with a Disability Program

Mark your calendars for the upcoming webinar about our successful Living Well with a Disability program! The webinar will be presented by RTC:Rural staff and feature guest speaker Bert Rios of S.M.I.L.E. in Yuma, AZ. This webinar is designed to provide an introduction to the Living Well with a Disability (LWD) program. It will be held on August 24, 2017, from 10:00- 11:30 a.m. Mountain Time. Click here to register for the free webinar, or click the button below for more details.

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Consumer interviews add to Participatory Curriculum Development project

Healthy Community Living, one of RTC:Rural’s current projects, is developing a multi-media health promotion program to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities. Have you ever wondered how we work with partners and consumers on a project like this? We call the process “Participatory Curriculum Development” and this blog post gives you an insider view of what that means! Click the button below to read all about it, and watch a video of an example interview with Joe Stone.


RTC:Rural featured in national webinar on Building Inclusive Programs

Last month, 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. RTC:Rural Knowledge Translation Director Tracy Boehm Barrett and Montana Disability and Health Program Director Meg Ann Traci provided an overview of our 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.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.


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. 90RT50250100 to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.