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
Many people with disabilities are at higher risk of both contracting COVID-19 and experiencing sever outcomes. Despite this, disability status is not typically included in COVID-19 case reports and most state vaccination plans have not considered disability status as a risk factor.
RTC:Rural's newest fact sheet explores how people with disabilities are experiencing COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the United States. Addressing this knowledge gap is critical to ensuring that people with disabilities are considered as vaccination efforts progress during the ongoing pandemic and future health crises.
Read and download the research brief here:
The research brief is available to download as an accessible PDF, text-only Word doc or text-only EPUB file.Continue reading about New research brief: COVID-19 vaccination among disabled people
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