RTC on Community Living Research Projects

The RTC/CL will conduct six research projects that use existing data (Core A) to analyze how barriers to and experiences of community living may differ across socio-demographic and geographic groups.

With this information as a foundation, five projects will test interventions (Core B) designed to improve community living opportunitiesfor individuals with disabilities, focusing on housing, health, recreation and community and civic involvement.

In addition, two systematic scoping reviews of the literature (Core C) will inform the RTC/CL interventions.


The RTC/CL conducts five intervention projects:

  • Developing a Health Promotion Assistance Tool (R-7). This intervention develops, implements and tests a tool that staff at community-based organizations can use to provide individualized recommendations for consumers with disabilities and chronic health conditions in order to monitor and promote their healthy functioning in the community.
  • Development and Testing of an Informal PA Training Program (R-8). This intervention develops, implements and tests a training program for providers and consumers of informal personal assistance. The goal is to improve informal care providers and consumers’ knowledge and skills concerning how to best assist consumers to avoid disruptions in community living and to enhance community participation.
  • Home Usability for People with Disabilities (R-9). This project develops tools to assess whether or not housing is usable and to facilitate development of a local Home Usability Network to help people solve home usability problems.​
  • Community Engagement Initiative Knowledge Translation (KT) Project (R-10). This study, an expansion of the Community Engagement Evaluation (CEE) project tested in the RRTC/MCIL, uses a grassroots community engagement technique to assess both the efficacy of the CEE method to address recreation access for this population and effective knowledge translation methods for using the CEE.
  • Building Capacity for Full Community Participation (R-11).  This study examines whether an existing Community Participation Training and Technical Assistance (CPTTA) intervention effectively enables CILs to more successfully bring about community and systems change to create more opportunities for civic engagement and community participation for people with disabilities.

In the first two years of the Center, six projects analyzed secondary (pre-existing) data:

The Center also conducted two systematic scoping reviews (numbered "SSR") of the literature:


Ask Us!

Do you have questions about disability issues or how to use our research on community living in your life or work? Just email Val Renault, vrenault@ku.edu, for technical assistance. 

Find the Project

From advocacy to vocational rehab, from housing to health care, these projects cover a range of issues that influence community living for people with disabilities.

You can find the projects cross-listed by topicname and designated number within the center.

"R" is used to number the projects. 

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