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June 2009

National AgrAbility Project News

The next AgrAbility all-staff call is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 at 3:00 EDT / 2:00 CDT / 1:00 MDT / 12:00 PDT. The NAP plans to send out the agenda and call-in numbers a couple weeks prior to the call.

Gail Deboy, NAP Project Engineer, is scheduled to present a paper at The Clock Is Ticking for Rural America: A Behavioral Health & Safety Conference sponsored by AgriWellness, Inc. More

AgrAbility will be represented at several national events in June, including: the Amputee Coalition of America Annual Conference, National Institute on Farm Safety, RESNA Annual Conference, ASABE Annual International Meeting, and the Goodwill Industries 2009 Delegate Assembly. More

The new AgrAbility logo is now available without the drop shadow. This style may work better for some applications. Please contact Paul Jones at if you would like this version.

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


CalAgrAbility staff attended training to enhance  skills in working with the older farming population.The Sacramento Ergonomics Roundtable sponsored a half-day workshop on the "Aging Worker." More

CalAgrability bilingual staff have been working in rural areas conducting outreach work during events related  to La Raza and Cinco de Mayo, where large numbers of farm workers gather. More


Vince Luke and Jill Sump were invited to present a training session at the quarterly meeting of the Colorado DVR Rehabilitation Counselors for Entrepreneurship (the self-employment specialists). More


Idaho AgrAbility conducted a training session for OTs, PTs, VR Counselors, and school personnel at the AT Expo held in Twin Falls, ID.  The training focused on AgrAbility and the culture and hazards of farming/ranching. More

The Idaho Agrability Project conducted several training sessions for the FFA members at their state convention and will host a presentation in June for the FFA state competition in Moscow, Idaho June 4th and 5th. More


The Indiana AgrAbility Project and the National AgrAbility Project presented An Introduction to Self-Employment and Entrepreneur-ship for People with Disabilities, the first presentation in the AgrAbility Webinar Series. More


AgrAbility Council Member Paul Parham, USDA/NRCS Soil Conservation
Technician, presented AgrAbility information, brochures, adapted garden tools and other assistive technology to the Oklahoma NRCS Civil Rights Advisory Committee on May 19. More

Oklahoma AgrAbility Project partnered with the Oklahoma State University, School of Architecture’s student organization, Freedom by Design, to provide assistive technology to an Oklahoma farmer in need of a mounting block that would enable him to get on and off his horse more safely and easily. More

Amanda Erichsen, Extension Assistant, completed Web Accessibility Training at the Information Technology Accessibility Conference May 27 and 28. More


Penn State University Agricultural Greek organizations recently raised over $700 to help a Somerset County dairy farmer. More


Wyoming AgrAbility, along with the Wyoming Geriatric Center, Wyoming VA Medical Center, and UW School of Pharmacy presented, Falls Prevention, at the 2009 Wyoming Conference on Aging. More

Mary Monteith, AgrAbility assistive technology specialist, conducted a breakout session, Assistive Technology: More than Being Left to Your Own Devices  at the 2009 Wyoming Conference on Aging. More

Carla Wilhite  and Sarah Perry, AgrAbility occupational therapist and, presented a session, Physical Rehabilitation Issues of Wyoming Ranchers and Farmers at the Promoting a Better Future for OT in Wyoming Conference. More

Wyoming AgrAbility staff recently conducted a training on AT: Enabling Individuals to Maintain Independence at the WY Conference on Aging in Cheyenne, WY. More

Staff Changes


After many years of service to AgrAbility, Mary Beck took a position with another organization at the beginning of June. Read a goodbye note from Mary  


Colorado AgrAbility welcomes Stephanie Carpenter to the team!  Stephanie is an occupational therapy student at Colorado State University.  She applied to do one of her Level II Fieldwork assignments with AgrAbility. She will be spending the next 3 months gaining practical therapy experience under the supervision of CAP Project Manager Jill Sump, OTR/L.  Say “hi” to Stephanie at agrabilityintern@

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