Disability and Rural Communities Training Guide

The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) is excited to share our latest project, Disability and Rural Communities: Making a Difference in Small Towns, a training guide for people with disabilities who live in rural areas.

People with disabilities are a rich part of the rural fabric of America.  Yet many people ask why a person or a family would remain in a rural community when faced with considerable hardships such as lack of Internet access and technology, lack of reliable transportation, and lack of needed supports and services. Why is rural America so important to those that live there anyway?  Why not just move if things are so hard? Those are the easy questions to answer.  A question that is not always so easy, however, is how people with disabilities can create or obtain services, as well as take part in their rural communities.

Download NYLN’s Disability and Rural Communities Guide to learn more about the importance of advocacy, inclusion, interdependence, resources (ex: technical, vocational, etc.), networking and community involvement, supportive  relationships, leadership, and other relevant topics!