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University of Montana Rural Institute For Inclusive Communities

Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, and Service

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) is committed to creating better lives for rural people with disabilities and their families. With innovative services, training and research, RIIC strives to improve independence and participation of people with disabilities in everyday activities and all aspects of the community.

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Hellen Keller


Featured Program/Product: RTC Rural

Research projects at RTC: Rural focus on community participation and independent living, health & wellness, and employment and vocational rehabilitation.  Research products include: Living and Working Well with a Disability, health promotion programs for people with disabilities; Telecom Toolbox, a resource for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors; and the Transportation Voucher program available from the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).

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  • Living Well helps participants to set and reach quality-of-life goals by developing a healthy lifestyle.
  • Working Well builds on the concepts introduced in the Living Well program but focuses on improving health in preparation for, or maintaining, employment.

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Telecom Toolbox supports career development professionals and job seekers in using online tools. 

  • Communication
  • Online Career Development
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Transportation Voucher

  • Our research suggested that a major cause of the lack of transportation in rural communities is the lack of resources for transportation.
  • Our partner, APRIL, conducted a national evaluation of the voucher model and provides a toolkit for implementing the program on its website.

Building Inclusive Programs to Serve Adults with Disabilities

Building Inclusive Programs to Serve Adults with Disabilities from National Council on Aging on Vimeo.

Adults with disabilities in the U.S. face significant barriers to preventing ongoing health conditions and accessing health care services. One way to address these health disparities is through evidence-based programs, like Living Well with a Disability (LWD). LWD is a peer-led program that was created specifically for adults with disabilities with input from the national network of centers for independent living. Listen to this webinar to learn more about the development, implementation, and successes of LWD. Helpful resources and strategies for ensuring evidence-based programs are accessible for all are featured.

Maps of Disability by Gender - Male

Disability Rate Male

July 2016

Map 2. Disability rate among males in America by county. This map of the United States depicts disability rates among males by county. Disability tend to be more predominant in the Appalachia region, especially along the borders of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. There are also some concentrated pockets of higher rates in southern Missouri, western Oklahoma, Arkansas, parts of New Mexico, southern Nevada, and Puerto Rico. Disability rates among males are lowest in southern California, regions of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.

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Happenings at Rural Institute

Major Programs within the Rural Institute