A new way of looking at disability data, rural charts published, new online training for Living Well with a Disability
#RuralDisability | March 22, 2017
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RTC:Rural study finds longstanding interpretation of disability data incomplete

Researchers with RTC:Rural have shown that the standardized disability questions used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identify two distinct groups of people with disabilities: those with permanent disability, and those experiencing a temporary disability at the time of the survey. The findings contradict the long-standing assumption by researchers and policymakers who use HHS disability data that it represents only people with long-term disabilities. These findings were published yesterday in the American Journal of Public Health.

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RTC:Rural researchers featured in The Conversation article highlighting rural/urban divide

We are proud that a recent feature article in The Conversation includes the work of RTC:Rural’s project on the geography of rural disability. Titled “Six charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America,” the article is a collaboration among our researchers and sociologists, economists, and historians at universities around the country. The article explores economic and societal factors that contribute to the differences between life in rural and urban areas, and has been republished by a number of regional and national news networks including PBS News, US News and World Report, and Salon.

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New online training platform enhances Living Well with a Disability Program

RTC:Rural is thrilled to announce an exciting update to the Living Well with a Disability Program with a new online Facilitator Training. The new program updates make it easier for organizations to train staff and peers, prepare workshop materials, and receive technical support. After several months of planning, collaboration, and development with key stakeholders, skilled professionals, and multi-media experts, we are proud to share the beautiful new online learning experience to continue our long history of providing this evidence-based health promotion program for people with disabilities.


RTC:Rural to present research at NARRTC 2017 "Taking Charge of Change"

In April 2017, RTC:Rural researchers will present three current research projects at the 2017 NARRTC conference, to be held this year in Alexandria, Virginia. RTC:Rural is on the agenda with two presentations and one poster. RTC:Rural Knowledge Translation Director Tracy Boehm Barrett will present "Using participatory curriculum development as an integrated knowledge translation strategy." Rural Institute Associate Director Dr. Catherine Ipsen will present "Social media use in VR practice." Our poster "What is rural resilience?" will also be available for viewing.


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.