Frontiers in Rehabilitation Science Special Journal

July 26, 2022

RTC: Rural is working with Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences to produce a special journal section focused on Rural Disability and Community Participation. This special journal will highlight the recent work of fourteen researchers from RTC:Rural and the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. The collection includes original research articles, brief research reports, and mini review articles spanning a variety of timely, valuable topics in disability research. Several articles from this special journal have been recently published:

  • Events Across the Life Course Contribute to Higher Mobility Impairment Rates in Rural U.S.
    • A team of RTC:Rural researchers led by Catherine Ipsen provides an urban/rural comparison of how life events, environmental factors, and place-based behaviors impact the longer-term experience of disability throughout a person’s life course. The data show that rural areas have higher rates of injury and fewer options for treatment of injuries, as well as differences in high exertion occupations and behavior when seeking care. The research illustrates the need for better understanding of these contextual factors and behaviors in order to develop strategies to address disability incidence, severity, and duration.

  • Intersections of Personal Assistance Services for Rural Disabled People and Home Care Workers’ Rights
    • Rayna Sage leads RTC:Rural researchers in examining both the rights of disabled people and the rights of home-based personal care workers. The researchers analyze this complicated dynamic through the historical progression of federal policies and support of personal assistance services, with a keen eye on the current and future implications on rural communities. This paper highlights the complex social justice issues that arise when trying to elevate the needs of different groups that, at first, appear to have competing goals.

  • Transportation Patterns of Adults with Travel-Limiting Disabilities in Rural and Urban America
    • RTC:Rural researchers led by Andrew Myers explore the travel patterns of rural and urban disabled adults to improve our understanding of transportation options, access, and activities. This paper examines the differences between rural and urban drivers and non-drivers, how the type of transportation varies by region, and how adults with disabilities decide if they will give up driving. The results illustrate significant disparities in transportation options and offer policy and community insights for improving rural transportation systems.

Be on the lookout for additional articles from this special journal in the future! We will soon share more research findings related to enhancing the participation of people with disabilities in rural communities. Visit the Frontiers for Rehabilitation Services page on Rural Disability and Community Participation for a sneak peek at upcoming publications.