Recent presentations, programs and activities related to disability in rural communities
#RuralDisability | February 21, 2017
Header: #RuralDisability, an eNewsletter of the Research and Training Center for Disability in Rural Communities
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Welcome to the newly redesigned eNewsletter of RTC:Rural, the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities!  We would love to hear your feedback on our new look - click here to send us a note.

Here at RTC:Rural we are in the fourth year of our five-year research cycle, and have a number of interesting findings to share over the next several months. Going forward, this newsletter will be published once or twice a month, with relevant findings and information that may be of interest to people with disabilities living in rural communities, their families and service providers, researchers, policymakers and other rural disability stakeholders.


Housing and access issues in rural communities highlighted at national housing workshop

RTC staff brought back some important takeaways from the recent national accessible housing workshop in Washington, DC. RTC:Rural Director Craig Ravesloot, Ph.D. and project collaborator Bryce Ward, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana, recently returned from participating in this event that continued the dialog about the importance of housing for the health and quality of life of people who are aging and people with disabilities.


Living Well with a Disability featured in CDC awareness campaign

We are honored to have our Living Well with a Disability (LWD) program featured in a targeted awareness campaign sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Living Well with a Disability is one of our most enduring programs - since 1995 more than 9,000 participants have completed the 10-week workshop. CDC's six-month campaign Self-Management Education: Learn More. Feel Better. incorporates LWD and is currently being conducted in Wisconsin to promote self-management education as a tool to manage chronic health conditions.

Dr. Tom Seekins

A Tribute to Tom Seekins

The Montana Psychologist recently published a tribute to Dr. Tom Seekins, who is retiring at the end of the academic year. Dr. Seekins, a Professor of Psychology, has served as the Director of the RTC:Rural since 1993. His research involves rural policy, issues surrounding rural health and disability, and disability within Native American tribes and reservations, among other topics. The following tribute contains his reminiscences of working in the disability field since the early 1970s, and reflections of his colleagues Dr. Craig Ravesloot and Dr. Meg Traci.


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. H133B130028 to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.