The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) was created in 2011 through a five-year, $4.25 million grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
NIDRR awarded the grant to the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) at the University of Kansas to help people with disabilities live in and participate more fully in their communities. The grant runs through Sept. 30, 2016.
Research partners, advisory panel members and other stakeholders gathered to discuss the Center's projects in April 2013.
For more photos, see our Facebook
photo album "RTC/CL Bridging Meeting."
The RTC/CL is a consortium based at the University of Kansas (KU). At KU, Glen W. White directs the RTC/CL. Martha Hodgesmith serves as the center's associate director and Megan O'Brien is research director.
Other disability scientists from the University of New Hampshire, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Montana are collaborating on the project.
A 10-person Scientific and Consumer Advisory Panel will consult with center staff throughout the life of the project to assure that projects have both rigor and relevance to the lives of people with disabilities. In addition, several of the projects have their own advisory groups.
People with disabilities (known as "consumers") and service providers will identify their critical needs and work closely with center staff to develop research and products that address these needs. This process ensures that the center meets real, as opposed to perceived, needs in the field.
A Center within a Center
The Research and Training Center on
Community Living is a project of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL)
This center is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
, grant number H133B110006, U.S. Department of Education.