Living Well and Working Well with a Disability

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The Living Well and Working Well with a Disability programs are evidence-based, peer-led health promotion workshops provided by organizations that serve people with disabilities. The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) at The Rural Institute provides training and certification for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and other organizations to conduct the workshops.

Both Living Well and Working Well with a Disability are based on the Independent Living philosophy which recognizes that individual choice and self-determination are essential components of living independently in the community.

Living Well with a Disability

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Living Well helps participants to set and reach quality-of-life goals by developing a healthy lifestyle.

 

Working Well with a Disability

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Working Well builds on the concepts introduced in the Living Well program but focuses on improving health in preparation for, or maintaining, employment.

 

As a result of participating in the workshops, Living Well and Working Well with a Disability participants report that they have an improved outlook, have developed a healthier lifestyle and have reduced limitations due to secondary conditions. In addition, many also report greater community participation.

 

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