In order to create policies and programs that serve the needs of people with disabilities in rural communities, it is important to know things about them, such as demographic information and location. The federal government maintains several large data sets that collect this information. However, it can be difficult to access rural disability data from these data sets (see Data Limitations in the American Community Survey: The Impact on Rural Disability Research).
To address this, RTC:Rural is conducting rural analyses of existing large data sets to contribute to a national disability statistics resource.
Lillie Greiman, RTC:Rural Project Director, explains the project and its goals, and gives a quick progress update.Continue reading