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Rural Institute
Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, And Service

Welcome to the Rural Institute website. On our website we strive to provide useful resources and information on a variety of topics related to disabilities that we have explored through a multitude of projects. Please look through our Project Areas and Major Programs drop down menus to find more information about current and past projects and explore the resources available.

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UM Trainee with a Lifelong Commitment to People with Disabilities

Jenn Banna - UM Parent LeadershipJenn Banna is a UM parent leadership trainee in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) program. URLEND works with UM’s Rural Institute and other universities to develop leaders who can improve health and educational outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and their families.

Read more about Jenn's parent leadership trainee project.

Circular graphs show relationships between time use and transportation

Andrew Myers displays a circular graphAndrew Myers uses circular graphs or “Circos graphs” as a visual tool to highlight relationships derived from large amounts of data from the American Time Use Survey. Circos graphs were initially used in the natural sciences to represent genome sequences, however, their utility for visualizing large data is particularly helpful for representing relationships between time use and transportation use among Americans with mobility impairments.

Read more about Andrew and how people with mobility impairment use time and transportation

Student Employee helps meet Assistive Technology needs

Devon GeertsenDevon Geertsen, a junior in UM’s Department of Management Information Systems, has a great job at the UM Rural Institute’s MonTECH program; he helps students with disabilities find specialized software apps to help them be successful. These apps include note-taking software like Google Drive, class and assignment scheduling software like iStudiez, specialized electronic boods, and the Livescribe smartpen, which records lectures.

Read more about how Devon helps students with disabilities

More articles:

The Science of Health and Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Students Awarded Research Scholarships

Students Learn about Assistive Technology

Adaptive Equipment for Outdoor Recreation Helps Make the Environement Accessible

Consumer Advisory Council Presents at Workshop

Leadership Training in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Leadership Training with Families and Healthcare Providers

Advice for the Governor - Disability, Health and the Governor

UM Improving Independence of People with Disabilities in South Korea

UM Graduate Student Part of National Expert Panel