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RTC: Rural - ADA 25: Reflecting on Inclusion

rural institute staff celebrating ADA 25The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 25 on July 26th.  Communities, organizations and individuals across the country have been celebrating this important milestone in the months and weeks leading up to the anniversary.  But while the ADA has made great strides toward full inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas of life, there is still much work to be done.

For example, the “built environment” is one easy way to see how far we’ve come since passage of the ADA.  Take a look at your own community and the places you frequent.  Where are the accessible entrances?  Are they on the front of the building or tucked around back?  New buildings, such as the one pictured at right, often feature universally accessible front entrances that allow everyone access through the main entrance.  This is one example of full inclusion in the built environment.

Continue reading article on RTC: Rural website: http://rtc.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/ada-25-reflecting-on-inclusion/

 

RTC: Rural - Centers for Independent Living in Your Community

man in wheelchair with friendsCenters for Independent Living (CILs) are non-profit, community-based organizations that provide peer support, information and referral services, advocacy, independent living skills training, and transition youth services for people with disabilities. CILs are developed and operated by people with disabilities and provide services in accordance with the tenets of Independent Living philosophy that emphasize consumer choice and control.  CIL services are flexible and responsive to the changing needs of their consumers, serving individuals across the lifespan, across disability and across gender and race.  Centers for Independent Living across the country offer activities, classes and opportunities to develop lasting, supportive friendships that help reduce feelings of isolation and encourage participation in the broader community.

Continue reading article on RTC: Rural website: http://rtc.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/centers-for-independent-living-in-your-community/

RTC:Rural - WIOA Anniversary-July 2015

young man workingstk212419rke 300x300The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014, and is an amendment to the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. A large federal legislative bill that encompasses The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, WIOA authorizes the formula grant programs for vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, client assistance, and Independent Living.

Continue reading about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at http://rtc.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/wioa-anniversary-july-2015/

RTC: Rural - Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25 on July 26th

Rural Institute Director, Martin Blair and disability rights advocate Tina Hunt.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 25 on July 26th.  The ADA, a civil rights law passed in 1990, “prohibits discrimination in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public” (ADA National Network).  But, while the law is nearly 25 years old, there is still much work to be done to ensure people with disabilities are able to fully access all areas of community life.

In order to keep the Americans with Disabilities Act at the forefront of public policy and to emphasize its importance not only to people with disabilities but to everyone interested in civil rights, celebrations are happening all across the country with the ADA Legacy Bus Tour.

Continue reading ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration at http://rtc.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/americans-with-disabilities-act-turns-25-on-july-26th

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.

Continue reading more about Bob at: http://rtc.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/bob-liston-rtc-rural-researcher-and-advocate-retires/

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