On August 19, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a joint Informational Bulletin titled: “Living at Home in Rural America: Improving Accessibility for Older Adults and People with a Disability”.
The bulletin shares information about federally-funded resources that can help people with disabilities and older adults, especially those living in rural areas, to remain in their homes and communities. The bulletin shares these resources with state Medicaid agencies, state and local housing agencies, state and local public health agencies, and other health and housing entities.
RTC:Rural’s rural independent living and community participation research is mentioned on page 11 in the section about the Administration for Community Living (ACL). For over 30 years, we have been funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).
As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We have close partnerships with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across the country, particularly with rural CILs through our long-running partnership with the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL). We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process. This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities. Our goal is to make sure research results and products are useful and relevant to people with disabilities, their families and service providers.
RTC:Rural is part of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Montana’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and part of a national network of over 100 federally-designated centers and programs supported by ACL that address disability across the lifespan.
We are honored to be recognized in this document which highlights our commitment to improving the ability of rural people with disabilities to live in their homes and communities.
Learn more about some of our housing and community living research:
Read and download the informational bulletin here: