Disability statistics and burn injury resources too!
#RuralDisability | February 2020
#RuralDisability. An eNewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
A group of people, some with visible disabilities, gather outside in the winter to advocate for disability rights. Some are using wheelchairs and other mobility devices, and everyone is bundled up in winter coats, hats, and gloves.

How proposed SSDI changes may impact people with disabilities

Project Director Lillie Greiman and RTC:Rural Director Dr. Catherine Ipsen recently co-authored an article in The Conversation about proposed changes to disability benefits and how those could make it harder for people with disabilities, especially those in rural communities, to maintain federal benefits.

To read the article, click on the link below: 

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Research Snapshot: Building Networks to Expand Living Well Delivery

Living Well in the Community is a workshop for people with disabilities who want to set goals to support their overall quality of life and well-being. Often, these workshops are hosted by local Centers for Independent Living (CILs).

However, not all people with disabilities are connected to CILs. To help reach, this project partners with rural community hospitals and CILs. These partnerships will also help improve the capacity of rural hospitals to support rural independent community living.

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Disability Statistics Compendium recordings now available

On February 11, Catherine Ipsen and Lillie Greiman presented at the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium. Their presentation was titled “Uncovering the intersection of rural and disability.”

Christiane von Reichert, professor of Geography at the University of Montana and a RTC:Rural research partner, was also part of the panel. Her presentation was titled “Using the ACS PUMS to examine disability and migration.”

To view and download presentation files and recordings of the event, follow the link below:

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Burn Injury Resources

Looking for free, research-based, user-friendly resources for burn survivors and their families? Check out the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center! They work to make sure the latest and best research findings are being used in healthcare decision-making. 

RTC:Rural Research & 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.