Capacity Building in Rural Communities Through Community-Based Collaborative Partnerships

  • Kathy Sheppard-JonesEmail author
  • Elizabeth Hunter
  • Walter Bower


The purpose of this chapter is to identify capacity building strategies with entities existing in rural communities to better serve persons with disabilities. Established partners such as the Cooperative Extension System, community leaders, and faith-based institutions are considered as viable and practical collaborators. In addition, this chapter will address both real and perceived barriers to collaboration. The roles of rehabilitation counselors and administrators will be used to suggest ways to circumvent barriers to collaboration.


Collaboration Capacity building Interagency collaboration Community partnerships 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathy Sheppard-Jones
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elizabeth Hunter
    • 2
  • Walter Bower
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Kentucky, Human Development InstituteLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Graduate Center for GerontologyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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