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#RuralDisability | October 31, 2018
#RuralDisability. An eNewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
Lillie Greiman stands in front of her poster at the NIDILRR 40th anniversary celebration.

RTC:Rural helps celebrate 40 years of NIDILRR

RTC:Rural Project Director Lillie Greiman traveled to D.C. to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

“It was inspiring to see all the cross discipline and cross disability work that NIDILRR is currently funding and to learn about all the work that was funded in the past,” said Greiman. “NIDILRR has had a profound impact on disability research over the years and will continue to do so into the future.”

Man using a wheelchair working in a grocery store

October is National Disability Employment Month

RTC:Rural research explores solutions to assist rural rehabilitation service providers help people with disabilities achieve and maintain employment. As well as providing economic benefits, employment helps people with disabilities participate in their communities and feel more socially connected.

Follow the link below to learn more about RTC:Rural's employment projects.

APRIL 2018 conference logo

Another great APRIL conference in the books!

Thank you to Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) for another great conference! We came back to Missoula with new connections, valuable feedback on our research, and boosted motivation.

Said RTC:Rural Project Director Dr. Rayna Sage, “It is so important to continue to ensure the rural voice is heard. I leave feeling recharged by our call to improve rural contexts for people with disabilities with high quality community-based participatory research!”


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.