Research and Training Center on Community Living

Community Living

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Analytic Research Model (PDF)

Center Operational Model (PDF)

RTC/CL Brochure (PDF)

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About Us

The RTC/CL's Origin

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.

A group photo of research partners and advisory members shows 20 people, three of whom use wheelchairs and one who uses a scooter.

In the photo above, 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."

Research Partners

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 Jean Ann Summers 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.

Our Advisors

A 10-person Scientific and Consumer Advisory Panel consults with center staff to ensure 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.

Consumers and Advocates

People with disabilities (known as "consumers") and disability advocates 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.

Other Stakeholders

In addition to working with consumers and disability advocates, our Center collaborates with service providers and community-based organizations as well as policymakers. Our goal is translate research into programs and policies that benefit people with disabilities. Communication with a wide variety of stakeholders is essential to inform positive changes.

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 U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) grant number H133B110006. The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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