Working Together to Improve Rural Community Living
The Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) is part of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana. We are funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).
As leaders in rural disability research, we collaborate with disability community members to shape research projects and ensure the relevance of our work. Together, we work to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.
COVID-19 and Rural People with Disabilities
RTC:Rural has been working to share relevant research and information about how the COVID-19 pandemic is, and will continue, to impact people with disabilities. Find a curated list of our COVID-19 posts here:
Visit our Resources page to find links to toolkits, programs, maps, and other resources we’ve created to support people with disabilities, their families, service providers, policy makers, and advocates.
- Be 18 or older
- Have any type of disability, chronic illness/disease, mental or physical health condition
The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) at the University of Kansas is conducting the nation-wide Health and Disability Survey to learn more about how health insurance, health care access, and the current pandemic are impacting adults with disabilities. RTC:Rural is partnering with CHRIL to increase the rural representation in the survey.
To take the survey, you should:
Whether you have private insurance, insurance from an employer, TRICARE, Medicaid, Medicare or no insurance right now, please consider taking the survey.Continue reading about Participants needed for 2021 National Survey on Health and Disability
RTC:Rural researchers recently published a factsheet examining how and where Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding is distributed across rural America. America at a glance: 5310 & 5311 Transportation Funding in Rural Counties is available to download in multiple formats on ScholarWorks.
The two types of funding discussed in this analysis are the FTA’s Elderly and Persons with Disabilities program (§5310) and the Formula Grants for Rural Areas program (§5311). A total of 921 rural counties receive 49% of available 5311 funding and 5% of available 5310 funding, while 1,292 receive neither source of FTA funding.Continue reading about New fact sheet on distribution of FTA funding in rural America