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Rural People with Disabilities Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural People with Disabilities.

National Disability Policy: A Progress Report
Reports on the state of disability policy in key areas, examining the intersection between disability and poverty. Focuses on education, employment, financial assistance and incentives, healthcare, long-term services and supports, transportation, and housing, as factors enhancing economic independence among people with disabilities. Includes sections on barriers related to finding transportation and appropriate housing in rural areas.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Disability
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Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries with Disabilities, by End Stage Renal Disease Status, 2014
Data highlight describing the characteristics of disabled Medicare beneficiaries by end stage renal disease (ESRD) status. Uses data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse (CCW) and includes a breakdown of metropolitan, micropolitan, or rural residence of disabled Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD.
Author(s): Elsa Haile, Sonya Bowen, Kenneth Lindenfelser, Chris Haffer
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Vermont Care Network Advocates for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Agencies
Highlights the work of the Vermont Care Network, which supports 16 non-profit agencies that provide behavioral health and developmental disability services in the state. Discusses cross-sector collaboration and integration of mental health, substance use, and developmental disability services with primary care.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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2016 Transportation Trends: A Look at the Year’s Top Mobility Challenges & Opportunities
Identifies issues affecting the availability of accessible transportation for older adults and people with disabilities. Includes examples of programs underway in rural and frontier areas to address transportation needs.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Disability in Rural America
Examines differences between urban and rural impairment rates and lists impairments as defined by the American Community Survey. Features national maps showing percent of disabled population by tract, 2011-15; quality and access to clinical care by county, 2016; and county-level unemployment relative to national rate, 2016.
Author(s): Andria Caruthers
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Community Commons
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Rural Disability Resource Library
Online collection of resources for rural people with disabilities.
Date: 2017
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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Animals Help People Heal in Rural Areas
Discusses the role of service and therapy animals in rural communities. Features service dogs of Hawaii, therapeutic riding horses of Wyoming, and a Florida skilled nursing facility with a therapy pig and tortoise.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Matters: The Geography of Disability in Rural America
Describes the distribution and demographics of people with disabilities living in rural areas and the services available to them. Includes disability rates by county and rates by metro and nonmetro status.
Author(s): Andrew Myers, Lillie Greiman, Christiane von Reichert, Tom Seekins
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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Population with Disabilities for Nonmetropolitan Counties
Printable map that shows the percent of population with disabilities nationwide by county. Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates, 2011-2015.
Date: 2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Developing a Method for Assessing National Demand-Response Transit Level of Service
Results of a study based on survey data from 65 agencies in North Dakota and Florida, to determine appropriate levels of transportation coverage for older adults and people with disabilities in urban and rural areas in the U.S. Includes a mobility needs index identifying areas with the greatest need for services. Also, provides county-level maps of North Dakota and Florida displaying statistics showing existing level of service, frequency and type of service, and minimum advance reservation time. Provides a framework for identifying communities where improvements in service are needed.
Author(s): Ranjit Godavarthy, Jeremy Mattson, Patrick Nichols, Del Peterson, Jill Hough
Date: 10/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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Transportation Update: Where We've Gone and What We've Learned
Update to the 2005 report, The Current State of Transportation for People with Disabilities in the United States. Chapter 7 discusses the gaps and barriers in transit services in rural areas, and identifies funding sources for rural transportation and effective strategies to help the rural population of people with disabilities access healthcare, employment and participate in the community.
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Disability
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Eight Step Advocacy Plan for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Survivors of Sexual Assault
Guide for rural sexual assault advocates, with information on providing appropriate services and identifying accommodations in services and changes in technology.
Author(s): Leah Green, Petty Chicoine, Stephanie Mathis Jennifer Upah-Kyes
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Resource Sharing Project
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Older Americans With a Disability: 2008-2012
Provides information on adults 65 and over with a disability, based on 2008-2012 American Community Survey data. Includes three national maps showing county-level data for this population.
Author(s): Wan He, Luke J. Larsen
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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ADA Guide for Rural Demand-Response Transportation Service Providers
A guide to help demand-response transportation service providers serving rural areas understand and apply the federal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) when meeting the transportation needs of people with disabilities. Explains ADA regulations for vehicles, service policies, and etiquette for smaller, rural operators.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Easter Seals Project ACTION, National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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The Geography of Disability in America: On Rural-Urban Differences in Impairment Rates
Shows how adult disability rates vary between rural and urban areas in the U.S. Includes statistics on six types of impairment with breakdowns by age group and three levels of county population density.
Author(s): Christiane von Reichert, Lillie Greiman, Andrew Myers,
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Montana: Rural Institute
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Assessment of Appalachian Region Pediatric Hearing Healthcare Disparities and Delays
Reports on a study to analyze the timeliness of diagnostic and rehabilitative services for children with severe hearing loss in rural areas of Appalachia which may postpone or delay cochlear implantation and other intervention services.
Author(s): Matthew L. Bush, Mariel Osetinsky, Jennifer B. Shinn, et al.
Location: Laryngoscope, 124(7), 1713-1717
Date: 07/2014
Type: Document
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Rural Self-Management Support
Reports on approaches to support rural Americans with disabilities through teaching self-management skills so that individuals make more positive health behavior choices for improved health status.
Author(s): Craig Ravesloot, Tracy Boehm, Tannis Hargrove
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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State Funded Housing Assistance Programs
Provides information about state housing assistance programs within rural and urban integrated settings that support people with disabilities and mental illness. Includes description of the Nevada Rural Housing Authority program.
Author(s): Rachel Bergquist, Emily Cooper, Kevin Martone, Melany Mondello
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Technical Assistance Collaborative
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Map Facts: Disability in Rural America
Demonstrates with 2008 - 2012 U.S. Census data the prevalence of impairments leading to disability is significantly higher in non-metropolitan (rural) counties than in metropolitan counties.
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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Disability and Rehabilitation in Rural America: A Synopsis of the State of the Science, 2012
Summarizes the major points made by the speakers at a state-of-the-science conference on the status of rural disability and rehabilitation. Includes their recommendations for research and knowledge translation. Section 4 focuses on recommendations related to rural health.
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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AgrAbility: Cultivating Success in Agriculture, Employment, and Rural Life for People with Disabilities and their Families, 1991 to 2011 and Beyond
Highlights AgrAbility's 20 year history of service and the program's impact in direct services, education, networking, and other areas. Contains a variety of client success stories.
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National AgrAbility Project
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The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective
A comprehensive overview of the state of housing in the 21st century that provides answers to important questions about the current housing needs and options, including access to key health and support services, for people with disabilities living in rural and urban areas of the United States.
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Disability
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Public Health Preparedness and Response for At-Risk Populations: Harnessing the Power of Health Information and Communication Technologies
Outlines the preparedness challenges for people with disabilities and other at-risk groups, describes the information and communications technologies being used by healthcare providers and consumers, and gives examples of ways state governments and local communities including rural areas are using technology to reach those who are most at risk.
Author(s): Anne Rader, Margo Edmunds, Joan Bishop
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
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Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities
Offers information to assist all levels of government to establish evidence-based policies and practices across the life cycle of disasters. Provides examples of effective community efforts with respect to people with disabilities and evaluates emergency preparedness, disaster relief, and homeland security program efforts deployed by public and private sectors in rural and urban locations.
Author(s): Elizabeth Davis, Brenda Phillips
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Disability
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Rural America and the South Have the Highest Percent of Veterans with Service-Related Disabilities
Presents data from the 2008 American Community Survey which shows that a higher number of disabled veterans reside in the South and in rural areas. In general, a higher number of veterans live in these areas and face additional challenges such as gaining access to care.
Author(s): Marybeth J. Mattingly, Michelle L. Stransky
Date: 2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Text of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
Text of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, PUBLIC LAW 101-336, JULY 26, 1990, 104 STAT. 327. An Act to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability.
Date: 07/1990
Type: Document
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Case Study: Hospital's School-to-Work Program Aids Young Adults with Disabilities
Presents results from a Project SEARCH program, carried out by York General Health Care Services (York General), located in York, Nebraska, and several other local partners. Shares the approach, key steps, and lessons learned from York General's work with community stakeholders to prepare and transition young adults with disabilities into the healthcare workforce.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Access to Care for Rural People with Disabilities Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities improve access to care for people with disabilities. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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PubMed Search: People with Disabilities and Rural Health
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topic of people with disabilities and rural health.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: National Library of Medicine
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ADA.gov
Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Web site includes many publications on ADA topics. A toll-free information line is also available:
800.514.0301 (voice)
800.514.0383 (TDD)
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Justice
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Directory of Independent Living Centers and State Independent Living Councils
State-by-state directory of independent living centers and the counties they serve, with address, phone and email contact information.
Type: Directory
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Last Updated: 11/13/2017