Including RTC:Rural's Advocacy Toolkit and voting resources
#RuralDisability | May 31, 2018
#RuralDisability. An eNewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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First Peer-to-Peer Series Call a Success

RTC:Rural’s new Peer-to-Peer Series call for Living Well and Working Well with a Disability Facilitators was held on April 26, 2018. Twenty-six participants joined the conference call and shared their experiences, challenges, and successes as facilitators. The topic of the first call was managing group dynamics.

“It was wonderful to hear other facilitators’ success stories and some of the challenges they may be having and to be able to share with each other,” said one facilitator.

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Knowledge Translation in Action: Making Research More Accessible

RTC:Rural uses Knowledge Translation throughout the entire research process, from the research design phase to disseminating the final results. A recent example is in the collaboration between Knowledge Translation and the Effort Capacity and Choice project team. The Effort Capacity and Choice project examines the relationship between personal effort and community participation.

To learn more about RTC:Rural's Knowledge Translation work and to see examples of the Effort Capacity and Choice training documents, follow the link below:

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New video demonstrates how to look up disability data

Here at RTC:Rural, we regularly use large national data sets, including the American Housing Survey, the American Time Use Survey, and other US Census data in our research. Want to look up some data for your own research, advocacy, or programs? Whether you’re looking for national, regional, state, or county-level data, RTC:Rural has the tools to help you find the information you're looking for.

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Advocacy and Voting Resources for People with Disabilities

As we approach the 2018 midterm elections, disability advocates are continuing their work to make sure that lawmakers and policy influencers know how different issues affect people with disabilities.

There are many ways to help people with disabilities develop advocacy skills, and one of those is RTC:Rural’s Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit. The Toolkit was developed in response to the needs and interests of Centers for Independent Living and other stakeholders. This post also contains links to other advocacy and voting resources.

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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.