August 9, 2017

August 24 Webinar: Learn More About Our Living Well with a Disability Program

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Mark your calendars for the August 24th webinar about our successful Living Well with a Disability program! The webinar will be presented by RTC:Rural staff and feature guest speaker Bert Rios of S.M.I.L.E. in Yuma, AZ.

Living Well Intro Webinar

This Living Well Intro webinar is designed to provide an introduction to the Living Well with a Disability (LWD) program. It will be held on August 24, 2017, from 10:00- 11:30 a.m. Mountain Time.

Living Well Intro will introduce LWD program content and the Living Well Facilitator Training website. It will also explain the process for an organization to become a licensed program provider and for staff to become consumer workshop facilitators, and conclude with implementation success stories. Several guest speakers who have experience implementing the program at their CILs will be presenting, including: Bert Rios from S.M.I.L.E. in Yuma, Arizona who will speak about implementing Living Well with youth; Dermot Thiel, Program Director at Wyoming Independent Living in Laramie, Wyoming; and Jude Monson, Program Manager at Summit Independent Living in Missoula, Montana.


To register, please follow the link below: Living Well Intro Webinar Registration | August 24, 2017, 10:00- 11:30 a.m. Mountain Time

This webinar will be closed-captioned, and a recording will be made available. For accessibility requests, please email

About Living Well with a Disability

Screenshot of new Living Well with a Disability website chapters pageLiving Well with a Disability is a ten week peer-facilitated health promotion workshop developed at RTC:Rural in collaboration with people with disabilities for people with disabilities. It focuses on developing a healthy and balanced lifestyle to meet quality-of-life goals. Living Well with a Disability is a recognized self-management program by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a recipient of additional funds from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

Grounded in consumer choice and peer support and based on the Independent Living philosophy, LWD introduces and builds the self-management skills needed to set and achieve quality-of-life goals. It provides tools for managing health and making healthy lifestyle changes, increasing physical activity, developing and maintaining healthy relationships, improving nutrition, avoiding depression and frustration, and advocating for community changes. Notably, participants’ goal-setting and problem-solving activities drive their health behavior changes, linking health with function. Since 1995 over 1,200 individuals have been trained to become LWD consumer workshop facilitators, in turn serving over 9,744 adults with disabilities in 46 states.

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