Curious about what goes into creating a program like Healthy Community Living? What actually happens when you get people from across the country working together to create workshops that will help people with disabilities set and reach personal goals, live healthy lives, and learn skills that support living independently?
Just ask the Healthy Community Living (HCL) team!
The HCL program recently released three videos that give a glimpse of the thousands of hours of dedicated work that have gone into it so far. The videos feature RTC:Rural staff, Mary Olson-Willard from the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, University of Montana students, and staff from the University of Montana’s School of Extended and Lifelong Learning. Check them out below!
What Did You Do?
What Did You Learn?
What Was Fun?
You can find these videos and more information about HCL on the About page of the Healthy Community Living website.
What is Healthy Community Living?
In partnership with the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) and Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across the country, HCL has developed two workshops that will help people with disabilities set and reach personal goals, live healthy lives, and learn skills that support active community living. These workshops, Community Living Skills and Living Well in the Community, encourage people to explore skills for community living both online and in person with peers and allies.
Get Involved with HCL
As highlighted in the videos, a key component of the HCL program is its multi-media content production. There are not many photos, videos, or other media that accurately represent people with disabilities in real-life settings. To change this, HCL created a Flickr group, and asked people around the country to share pictures and video to be used in the program. The Flickr group is a repository of media that represents real people in real places as a resource for all. HCL invites anyone who is interested to join the Flickr group, share photos, and use the photos for their own projects.
For more information, visit the Healthy Community Living website.
Want to learn more about the history of HCL? Check out these previous blog posts.
Dec. 15, 2016: “Healthy Community Living– Real People. Real Places.”
Nov. 28, 2017: “Healthy Community Living now in pilot phase.”
March 23, 2018: “Students Exchange Knowledge in Curriculum Development Process.”