The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities has received a five year, $2.5 million health promotion development grant. This grant, awarded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) will fund the development of a state-of-the-art health promotion program. This program will advance the ability of people with disabilities to live independently in the community by increasing access to our current evidence-based health promotion curriculum, Living Well with a Disability, using online multimedia that will support increased motivation and confidence for health improvement.
Over the next five years, the project team will use a procedure called participatory curriculum development which will include consumers and providers from across the country in developing the program. This collaborative process will help ensure relevance and usefulness of the new multimedia program. Additionally, to ensure successful adoption and use by organizations who serve people with disabilities, RTC: Rural will provide training and technical assistance for the new multimedia curriculum in both rural and urban areas of the country.
Living Well with a Disability has been shown to reduce the incidence and severity of secondary conditions experienced by people with a primary disabling condition. Expanding the program’s availability and helping consumers achieve success through increased motivation and confidence will allow more individuals to experience the benefits of Living Well in their communities. We’re very excited by this opportunity and look forward to the work ahead.