Living Well is in its 5th Edition

And now called Living Well in the Community

What is changing?

  • Updated curriculum content
  • Program name and design
  • Facilitator training upgrades
  • Program licensing

Why the change?

  • It was time! The last significant curriculum update was in 2010.
  • Living Well workshop providers requested change; we answered.
  • Problems needed fixing; we made improvements.

How did this come about?

The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) received a grant to update the Living Well with a Disability curriculum in 2015 as part of a project called Healthy Community Living. Visit the new Healthy Community Living Program history to learn more!

What do I need to know now?

Living Well in the Community was launched as part of the Healthy Community Living (HCL) program in October 2019.

  • If you are a current LWD license holder, your license will be automatically extended until December 31, 2019.
  • After January 1st, 2020, we will shut down the current Living Well with a Disability facilitator training website, and will no longer accept orders for print manuals.
  • Organizations may still continue to use the workbooks if they wish, but RTC:Rural will no longer take orders nor provide technical assistance or training for the 4th edition of Living Well with a Disability.

We are confident you will enjoy all that Healthy Community Living has to offer, and we know that you may also have questions or concerns. We are committed to making this program transition as easy as possible and will provide regularly scheduled updates to keep you informed. You may also wish to subscribe to the Healthy Community Living eNewsletter. Included below are a few frequently asked questions and their answers; please let us know how else we can assist you by emailing

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

What is the difference between Living Well with a Disability (LWD) and Living Well in the Community (LWC)?

  • Living Well in the Community (LWC) will still be an evidence-based, peer-led health promotion workshop intended for groups, and it still has most of the same content as LWD. Facilitators will still be trained online. The main difference is that LWC facilitators will use the workshop website to lead group discussions and activities, instead of using a print manual. The workshop website also showcases media collected and submitted by HCL project partners and community members, and contains many more resources. LWC offers more ways to meet diverse learning styles and needs.

What about Working Well with a Disability?

  • Please note: If you are considering hosting a Working Well workshop, please know that Working Well will soon be transitioning to an online workshop as part of the Healthy Community Living program.

    Please read more about this on our Working Well transition webpage.