MISSOULA – The University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities has earned a five-year, $4.3 million grant to support its Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities.
The grant was awarded by the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation
Ipsen said strong collaborations with the disability community are the foundation of their work at RTC
- Create partnerships between rural hospitals and local agencies serving people with disabilities to increase the reach of RTC
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- Build personal assistance service capacity for rural people with disabilities.
- Assess accessible transportation options in rural communities to inform policy and service delivery decision-making.
- Partner with tribal vocational rehabilitation agencies to create a tribal adaptation of RTC
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- Conduct rural analyses of existing large data sets to inform advocates, service providers, researchers and policymakers about emerging trends, hypotheses and policy impacts.
Together, these projects contribute to expanded opportunities for people with disabilities to fully engage in their rural communities.
The mission of the Rural Institute is to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities, including those living in Montana and other rural areas across the country. The Rural Institute is part of the national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. NIDILRR, the funding agent for this grant award, is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Community Living.