Living Well with a Disability is an evidence-based, peer-led self-management program that helps participants to set and reach quality-of-life goals by developing a healthy lifestyle. RTC:Rural provides training and certification for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to conduct the workshops, and we have trained over 1,000 facilitators in 47 states. We estimate that these efforts have improved the health of nearly 10,000 people with disabilities.
For more information about the history of the Living Well with a Disability program, you can find links to publications, scholarly articles, and abstracts on the Living Well with a Disability project page.
In 2016, we received NIDILRR funding to adapt the Living Well with a Disability hard-copy workbook to an online course as part of the Healthy Community Living project. This adaptation is called Living Well in the Community (LWC), and will be used in the Building Networks to Expand Living Well Delivery project.
However, not all people with disabilities who may benefit from Living Well are connected to their local CILs. By partnering with rural community hospitals and CILs, the Building Networks to Expand Living Well Delivery project will expand the reach of Living Well. This project will implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the Living Well program in 15 diverse rural counties across the US that have a rural hospital located in a CIL service area. Scaling up Living Well to rural hospitals will extend the reach of the program and improve the capacity of rural hospitals to support rural independent community living.
Due to COVID-19, we have transitioned to providing Living Well with CIL partners in online workshops to provide peer support and community resources for people with disabilities remotely. See Building Networks to Expand Living Well Delivery: Project Update for more information.
- Project dates: 2018-2023
- Funded by: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Grant No. 90RTCP0002-01-00
- Principle Staff: Tannis Hargrove, Mary Olson-Willard, Tracy Boehm Barrett, Craig Ravesloot
- Related Projects:
- February 13, 2020: Research Snapshot: Building Networks to Expand Living Well Delivery
- June 17, 2020: Building Networks to Expand Living Well Delivery: Project Update