The annual APRIL conference was a blast last month and RTC:Rural was there in force - check out impressions from our staff.
#RuralDisability | November 2, 2017
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Stakeholder engagement at APRIL 2017 brings value and insight to RTC:Rural research

RTC:Rural staff have a lot to share after returning from the 23rd annual Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) conference, held last month in Spokane, WA. “Attending APRIL gives us a chance to connect with the real people, both service providers and consumers, who work on the ground every day,” said RTC:Rural Research Associate Lillie Greiman. Those connections allow us to share, gather feedback and solicit input on our research and resources.  Research Associate Andrew Myers adds, “The APRIL conference gives us the opportunity to hear about the lived experiences of people with disabilities in rural communities all across the county, and these stories can help inform our research and improve the work we do.”

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Disability across America Map Series continues with employment maps

Our popular series featuring maps of disability across America continues to release a new map on our social media channels every Monday. For October, which was National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we shared our maps of rates of employment, unemployment, and out of the labor force for people with disabilities. You can check out all three of our employment-related maps here. And, follow #MapMonday on Facebook and Twitter for a new topic every week!

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Webinar recording available: Strengthening Public Health Workforce Competencies in a Rural State

Webinar slides and a video recording are now available for Including People with Disabilities—Public Health Workforce Competencies, which was presented October 17, 2017 by Dr. Adriane Griffen, Senior Director, Public Health & Leadership at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. This webinar, for public health and disability service providers, covered recommendations for including people with disabilities in public health plans and efforts. Dr. Griffen  provided an overview of the competencies and linkages to public health accreditation and information on local and national resources to help public health organizations strengthen their workforce and better include people with disabilities. The webinar also included a forum for participants to discuss current resources and strategies being used by others in the field.

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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.