Upcoming Trainings

RTC: Rural

Rural Disability Research and Practice Summit

Day 1: Personal Assistance Services

Day 2: Rural Digital Access

January 10-11, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm Mountain


On January 10-11, from 1-2:30 PM Mountain Standard time, RTC:Rural is hosting a free, virtual Summit to explore timely issues affecting rural people with disabilities. RTC:Rural is a dedicated group of researchers that has worked for more than 30 years to improve the lives of rural people with disabilities through research, evaluation, technical assistance, and training. The Summit is our chance to share some of our most pressing research alongside our rural partners.

RTC:Rural invites you to join them for presentations and panels on Personal Assistance Services and Rural Digital Access.


Day 1: Personal Assistance Services

What is self-directed care without someone to direct? In the face of worker shortages and increasing demands for personal assistance services, how do rural people with disabilities attract and retain rural personal care attendants (PCAs)? How does the managed care industry respond to the needs of both rural people with disabilities and the PCA workforce?

RTC:Rural researchers and a panel of partners will present and discuss the challenges and opportunities in these vital services. The panel will feature subject matter experts from all sides of personal assistance services including people with disabilities, PCAs, and centers for independent living. Panel members will discuss utilizing Medicaid and insurance dollars, managed care, home accessibility, and what all of these pieces mean for the future of rural personal assistance services.

Click here to register for Day 1


Day 2: Rural Digital Access

What is the role of the technology in rural areas and what solutions can it provide? Does increased digital access in rural areas decrease social isolation and loneliness for people with disabilities? How does digital access improve the lives of rural people with disabilities?

RTC:Rural researchers and a panel of rural partners will share and discuss digital access for rural people with disabilities. Day 2 will feature findings from RTC:Rural research and a diverse panel of rural disability voices exploring broadband access, infrastructure, and how to use the internet to support hard-to-reach groups. Panel members will share their thoughts on various topics including Zoom, building community online, investing in rural infrastructure, and access to rural services.

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  Rural Conversation Series will resume in January 2023

3rd Wednesday of the Month

10 AM PST, 11 AM MST, 1 PM EST


ILRU TTA Center/IL-NET and APRIL Present: Rural Conversation Series

The Rural Conversation Community series is provided by ILRU's IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Independent Living and facilitated by APRIL, the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living. There are no presenters or designated speakers of these conversations, they are an informal time and space to gather with your peers and share about current events and ask your peers questions. Captioning and ASL provided. Bring your questions for your peers and updates on your CIL’s creative solutions and activities to share.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcuc--vpzMvEtHDIowKsNIz0GOeeM70CE2d

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Please contact Mary Willard, Peer Mentor Coordinator, IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 406-544-1668 and Director of Training and Technical Assistance, APRIL.


Were you having audio issues or missed the last call?

You may request a copy of the last conversation’s recording or transcript by contacting Mary Willard, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 406.544.1668


The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0001 and 90ISTA0001 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.


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