New resources and upcoming events
#RuralDisability | May 11, 2017

Hold the Date: State of the Science Seminar on Effective Rural Contracted Services Models in Vocational Rehabilitation

RTC:Rural’s 2017 State of the Science webinar will explore how different contracted services payment models impact VR outcomes in rural and urban areas. The webinar will help participants understand which models may facilitate better outcomes. Hold the Date for this free 90-minute webinar: June 22, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT. The event will feature a review of current research from the RTC:Rural, followed by reactions and perspectives from a panel of experts that includes VR directors, field staff, and researchers. The presentation is designed to provide current information that will stimulate a rich discussion among participants about strategies for attracting and retaining effective job development services in rural and urban communities.


New tool available to access disability data

We are excited to announce that we have recently re-launched our Disability Counts Data Finder, an online tool that allows users to easily access disability data for every county in the United States and Puerto Rico. Using a simple interface, users select their state and counties of interest, and generate a table with population estimates, disability rates, margins of error, and rural/urban classifications. Click on the link below to explore data for your area!


UM undergrad presents Facebook data for RTC:Rural participatory health promotion project

Recently, undergraduate student researcher Megan Miller presented at the 16th annual University of Montana Conference on Undergraduate Research on the project that she completed with RTC:Rural. Miller’s research is part of a broader project at RTC:Rural called Healthy Community Living (HCL). HCL is part of a five year grant to produce an innovative online multi-media health promotion program. Using a participatory curriculum development process, RTC:Rural researchers are working closely with partners at Centers for Independent Living and advisors around the country, as well as individuals with disabilities, to develop and test curriculum material. Miller worked closely with the HCL project leaders to develop and carry out her research, which looked at the effectiveness of using Facebook for audience engagement. 

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Resilience Study poster available for printing

By popular demand, our poster “How People with Disabilities Thrive in Rural Communities,” is now available for printing! If you are interested in printing it for your office, CIL, or sharing, please contact Kerry Morse. We will send you a high resolution file. We would also be interested in hearing how you use the poster, and what reactions others have to the information presented. This kind of feedback is important as we continue our research on resilience among rural people with disabilities, and will help us develop other products.


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.