Community Living

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Rural communities often lack services and resources to support the independent living and participation of people with disabilities. The availability of community resources, as well as access to those resources, has a large impact on the experience of disability. 

RTC:Rural's Community Living research works to understand how rural people with disabilities access needed resources and to help develop sustainable models for rural service providers to carry out community development activities to meet the needs of rural people with disabilities. 


Learn more about RTC:Rural Community Living research

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Advocacy influences decision-making for oneself or others. It requires specific skills and strategies, as well as practice and patience.

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Centers for Independent Living (CILs) understand issues and barriers faced by people with disabilities. They are important for building rural community connections and capacity.

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Community infrastructure and accessibility impact quality of life for many people with disabilities. 

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Housing is an integral part of our community lives. Home matters for security and safety, and because it facilitates community participation.

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Transportation is one of the primary issues people with disabilities in rural areas deal with on a daily basis. Without transportation, it is difficult to get medical care, maintain a job, and participate in community life.