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Research Progress Report


University of Montana Rural Institute

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Legislation guiding VR service delivery provides flexibility regarding how services are organized and implemented. As a result, state VR agencies provide services in the context on their own resource parameters (e.g. budget and agency size) and geography. This natural variation allows for a variety of service delivery models to emerge, each with associated benefits and drawback. To date, however, there is little comparative evidence for evaluating rural service delivery practices. To address this knowledge gap, we conducted 82 qualitative interviews with VR informants from 48 state VR agencies including 17 general agencies, 12 blind/low vision agencies, and 19 combined agencies. VR directors at each participating agency identified informants who could speak about current rural delivery practices.


© 2012 RTC:Rural.

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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research


Our research is supported by grant #H133B0800023 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Dept. of Education

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