Research presentations, Working Well facilitator training, and articles on rural disabililty and Stephen Hawking.
#RuralDisability | March 20, 2018
#RuralDisability An eNewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities

RTC:Rural to present at NARRTC conference

RTC:Rural Director Dr. Craig Ravesloot and researchers Dr. Rayna Sage, Lillie Greiman, and Andrew Myers are headed to Arlington, VA on March 26 and 27 to present at the 40th annual National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC) conference.

Their presentations will cover a range of current RTC:Rural research, including access to Independent Living services, enduring and transitory disability, accessibility at rural community events, and person-environment fit and community participation.

Follow the link below for more information on each of these presentations.

a group of people walking in the rain.

Register now for April 2018 Working Well with a Disability facilitator training

Registration for the April 2018 Working Well with a Disability online facilitator training is now open. The training will take place April 9-13, and will include online self-study and discussion participation, and a live webinar on April 13.

Registration closes on April 2, 2018.

Follow the link below for more information and to register.

Dr. Rayna Sage and Lillie Greiman.

RTC:Rural researchers author blog post for National Disability Institute

RTC:Rural Research Associates Dr. Rayna Sage and Lillie Greiman recently co-authored a post on the National Disability Institute Blog. "Poverty and disability: At the intersection of place and policy" explores relationships between disability and poverty,  including the labor market, healthcare costs, and housing influences.

"There is a well-established and stubborn correlation between disability and poverty. The link between these two social phenomena creates challenges for people with disabilities, service providers, researchers, and advocates across the United States," they write.

Follow the link below to read their post.

Marty Blair and a woman pose at an ADA event.

Rural Institute Executive Director authors article on Dr. Stephen Hawking and AT

Marty Blair, the Executive Director of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, authored an article titled "Stephen Hawking as accidental ambassador for assistive technologies" for The Conversation

"Hawking and other high-profile users show the world that technology is not strange, nor does it diminish or magnify them as human beings. The technology they use allows others to look past disability and focus their attention on who they are, on them as people," writes Blair.

Click on the link below to read the full article.

Four people using wheelchairs sit in the shade under a tree.

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.