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February 2009

National Project

With financial support from NEC Foundation of America, the NAP is developing a Nationwide Assistive Technology Awareness/Education Program for Rural Youth. Project staff members recently met with the National FFA Organization’s Senior Division Director of Research, Development, and Sponsored Programs to discuss the curriculum’s format and promotional strategies. The Project also held an expert panel review of the proposed curriculum to elicit feedback on preliminary drafts and outlines. The curriculum is scheduled to be sent to every FFA chapter in the U.S. this summer, along with an updated copy of The Toolbox CD and information about AgrAbility.

The family of a recently deceased New York farmer would like to donate his tractor lift to an AgrAbility customer. The farmer had himself received the lift from another farmer who could no longer use it, so the family would  like to "pay it forward" and to pass the lift on to someone else who could benefit from it.  Currently, the lift is attached to a Case International tractor, so if you know of someone who would like to purchase the tractor with the lift already installed, that would be an option.  However, if you know of someone who just needs the lift, the family would be happy to give it to them, provided that they could come to the farm and pick it up. If you know someone who is interested in this lift, please contact the NAP at

The National AgrAbility Project (NAP) recently collaborated with Kentucky AgrAbility to host a display at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY, the nation’s largest indoor farm show. In addition to tabletop displays, Kentucky AgrAbility provided a Bobcat utility vehicle equipped with hand controls. An average of 300,000 people attend the four-day event every year, so the show was an excellent opportunity to expose a large number of people to the AgrAbility mission.