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June 2009

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Questions from end of stair-climbing wheelchair

The nation's first stair-climbing wheelchair hit the market with a bang but disappeared with a whimper, a casualty of price that raises a big question: How much will society agree to pay for high-tech help for the disabled? Read Story

Agri-tourism on the Rise

Prompted by the lack of money to spend on vacations, people around the world will turn to agri-entertainment and -tourism—new, highly consumer-focused types of agriculture. These areas may offer additional options for diversification and add stability to farm incomes. To attract these tourists, farmers have invented a wide variety of "entertainment farming" options. Read Story

Triathlete's recovery spurs empathy for paralyzed troops

University of Georgia triathlete Matthew Sanchez, 20, made most of his recovery from a neck injury and will be doing a charity ride across the country to raise money for the SHARE Initiative, which helps with the recovery and treatment of Iraq War veterans.
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Gardening and Arthritis Video

Gardening and Arthritis is a new video on a DVD produced as a resource for people with arthritis, at risk of arthritis or other physical disability. A team consisting of staff from the Wisconsin Arthritis Program, University of Wisconsin Digital Media Services, Brown County UW-Extension and Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Program prepared this video. Presentations include: gardening can be difficult for those diagnosed with arthritis, picking the right tool for the job and a master gardener with arthritis and MS  describing her experiences. To obtain a DVD please contact Bill Wright, Organic Learning Center, Brown County UW-Extension, 1150 Bellevue, Green Bay, WI 54302, phone 920-391-4658.