Does your bathroom routine drain your battery? plus other research updates and events....
#RuralDisability | August 31, 2017
Newsletter headers that reads #Rural Disability, an eNewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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Become a certified Working Well with a Disability facilitator- register now!

Registration for the September 2017 Working Well with a Disability online facilitator training is now open. The training will take place the week of September 18-22 and include online self-study, discussion participation, and a live webinar on Sept. 22. Total time required for the training is approximately 8-10 hours, in addition to reading the manual. Deadline for registration is on September 11, 2017.

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Does your bathroom routine drain your battery? How effort and exercise shape community participation

What do showering, brushing your teeth, and “visiting the porcelain throne” have to do with energy levels and community participation? More than you might think, especially for people with mobility impairments.

Effort Capacity and Choice, a current research project at RTC:Rural, is working to better understand how what happens in the bathroom impacts what happens outside of the bathroom, since each person has a finite amount of energy to spend doing the things they need and want to do each day. This project asks, in essence, how to give people more battery life. It does this by comparing two different strategies: by installing assistive bathroom equipment (therefore reducing the effort needed to bathe), or by providing regular physical activity (increasing the person’s capacity to use their existing bathroom).

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How do young adults with disabilities participate in rural community events? Interview participants sought

Our research on accessible community events has a new focus. Dr. Rayna Sage, RTC:Rural Research Associate, is leading our Participation in Rural Events among Young Adults with Disabilities research project. The study aims to understand how young adults with disabilities in rural communities participate in community events, and how their community participation can enrich their lives and contribute to their communities in meaningful ways.

The current phase of this project involves one-on-one interviews. We are seeking to interview young adults who are between the ages of 18-34 and live in or are from rural communities of less than 10,000 people. In exchange for a one to two hour interview, participants will receive a $50 money order.


Seeking volunteers for consumer website review committee

Interested in helping us review a new website? People with a disability, disability-related service providers, and others are invited to join a review committee for a new website being created by RTC:Rural. The website, the Rural Disability Resource Library, will provide searchable access to a variety of consumer-oriented products related to living with disability in rural areas. Review will take place in September and committee members may commit as much time as they choose to this project. If you are interested in sharing your time to improve the quality of our product, please contact us.

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