This eNews highlights the Home Usabiltity Program, the Transportation Voucher toolkit, and a graduate seminar offered by RTC:Rural researcher Dr. Rayna Sage
#RuralDisability | January 12, 2018
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The Home Usability Program logo, two cartooon houses.

Home Usability Program addresses immediate housing needs

People with disabilities, especially in rural areas, often can’t move into accessible, affordable housing. The Home Usability Program will help Centers for Independent Living and consumers develop the skills to identify home usability problems and put together networks of local resources to help make usability changes.

The Home Usability Program is part of the Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC/PICL), a collaboration between the University of Kanas and the University of Montana.

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Cover of the Toolkit for Operating a Rural Transportation Voucher Program

Revised Transportation Voucher Toolkit available FREE

Transportation, especially in rural areas, continues to be one of the main issues that people with disabilities deal with on a daily basis. To help address this barrier to community participation, RTC:Rural and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) developed the Rural Transportation Voucher Program. This Toolkit was recently updated and can now be downloaded for free from the APRIL and RTC websites.

Dr. Rayna Sage presenting at APRIL 2017.

RTC:Rural Researcher Offers Graduate Seminar on Rural Disability and Health

Dr. Raya Sage, RTC:Rural Research Associate and adjunct instructor in the Sociology department at the University of Montana, is offering a graduate seminar called “Special Topics in Rural Disability and Health” for the Spring 2018 semester. With an emphasis on experiences in rural America, students will learn about disability as an identity and as a product of the environment; the history of disability rights; and how disability functions in the health care system, among other topics. Click below to read more about the seminar.


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. 90RT5025 to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.