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Bob Liston, RTC: Rural Researcher and Advocate, Retires

Bob Liston 2014 DiverseUBob Liston, a long time disability rights activist, and a research associate for RTC: Rural, is retiring.  Bob began his work at the RTC in 2008 with a focus on nursing home emancipation for people with disabilities, and over the last seven years has participated in research on violence and abuse against men with disabilities and helped develop a peer training program for Centers for Independent Living.  His most recent project was conducting outreach to disability stakeholders to get their input on RTC research projects and product development.

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Community Investment Fund

Do you have an interesting idea or project to promote inclusion for people with disabilities? Would a small amount of start-up funds help you get your project off the ground?  Applications for the Community Investment Fund are now being accepted...complete and return your application before the July 31, 2015 deadline.

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CIF Application - PDF Application form

Directions for using PDF form: Open the PDF file and save it to your desktop. Fill out the form and save it again. Then either print a hard copy of the application and submit it by mail or fax, or attach the PDF form to an email and submit it electronically.



Involving Consumers in Disability Research

man in wheel chair using computer 200x300Involving consumers in disability research helps ensure the products of research are relevant and useful.  Research and Training Centers across the country work hard to incorporate consumers into the research process and are mandated to do so by their primary funding agency, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, (NIDILRR).  This mandate for consumer involvement is crucial, not only to make sure research actually benefits people with disabilities but also to support and affirm nothing about us without us, the Independent Living Movement’s call to action for consumer involvement at all levels of research and service.

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Standing is Critical for Bone Health, Digestion, Mental Health

Oftentimes, people who primarily depend upon wheelchairs for their mobility spend their day sitting in the wheelchair and their nights lying in bed. Our long bones require two forces in order to be healthy: weight bearing against gravity and muscle pull.

Without these forces, our bones weaken and can eventually fracture easily during simple daily activities. Standing improves breathing, digestion, and spinal alignment. Standing helps to prevent circulation issues, obesity, skin breakdown, and idiopathic bone fractures. Standing allows people to be on eye-level during social interactions.

Everybody – adult or child -  needs to stand on their feet part of every day. There are simply no exceptions to this rule. With some people, this requires assistance, special equipment and/or additional motivators. Sometimes, when people with IDD move from school to their adult life, this part of their daily routine is lost. We must all work together to restore safe and healthy standing and physical activity to everyone’s daily routines. Before beginning a new activity, always check with the primary care provider on the team.

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RTC:Rural - Accessibility Promotes Participation

Girl standing with her grandmother sitting in a wheelchair 87388731 200x300Accessibility features of public and private spaces ensure that people with disabilities can fully participate in life activities.  Researchers at RTC: Rural have been studying accessibility in the context of events and other community settings to see how people with disabilities are included in all the activities a community has to offer.

While the need for hospitals, grocery stores and schools to be accessible is widely recognized, we don’t always consider the accessibility of the places in which people recreate.  Participation isn’t just limited to the basic necessities of daily life such as medical visits and shopping.  Opportunities for socialization and outdoor recreation are just as important.

Read the recent news post on the RTC: Rural website.

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