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May 2010

National AgrAbility Project News

Front of Spanish novelaThe Spanish arthritis and agriculture fotonovela, ¿Podrá ser la ARTRITIS lo que me causa DOLOR? (Is arthritis the cause of my pain?), is ready! More

The National AgrAbility Advisory Team recently met in Indianapolis. More

Arthritis and Agriculture workshops were presented  in Vermont (April 14-15) and Maryland (April 29-30). More

The newly created  Arthritis and Agriculture newsletter, Growing Pains, will debut its first issue in May. More

Jill Sump of Colorado AgrAbility recently represented AgrAbility for the NAP at the AOTA annual conference in Orlando.

Hotel reservations can now be made for the 2010 NTW. More

Check here for the schedule of upcoming Community of Interest and Standing Committee call information. More

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) has asked the director of  CalAgrAbility to sit on the FVC national board.  As a sponsor of March's FVC Career Fair, CalAgrAbility will co-sponsor the next event to be held in southern California this summer.

CalAgrAbility met with Fotonovelas del Valle to pick up the 5,000 copies of the Spanish arthritis and agriculture fotonovela to distribute throughout the US.The novelas were shipped to Amber Wolf to disseminate.

In April CalAgrAbility was marketed to over 75,000 attendees of the annual UC Davis Picnic Day where departments open up for the general public to view their activities.AgrAbility staffed a display where participants collected our publications.

In an effort to build health/prevention capacity in rural areas,a successful 3-day Arthritis Leader Workshop was conducted in rural Yolo County, where CalAgrAbility partnered with Arthritis Foundation to train new leaders/trainers to go into farming communities and present the 6-week self-help classes. More

The Small Farm Conference was successful in March with over 400 attendees and several CalAgrAbility farmers attending on scholarships. CalAgrAbility just kicked off a statewide planning committee for next year's conference to be held in San Jose.

The Small Farm Conference was successful in March with over 400 attendees and several CalAgrAbility farmers attending on scholarships. CalAgrAbility just kicked off a statewide planning committee for next year's conference to be held in San Jose.


AgrAbility is in the news and on the cover of the May 2010 issue of the Nebraska Farmer! The strong UNL-Extension and Easter Seals Nebraska Partnership working hand-in-hand with Vocational Rehabilitation. A special thanks to Don McCabe, Nebraska Farmer editor for his long-standing support of the AgrAbility project. More


Ohio AgrAbility has been busy increasing public awareness about the AgrAbility program.Topics have  included  prevention of secondary injuries specifically with livestock handling and avoiding fatigue during spring planting. More


Sandra Stevenson, Program Manager conducted a training session on AgrAbility at the Oklahoma Workforce Partners Conference in Oklahoma City April 1, 2010.Twenty attendees were presented information about the project, available services, disabilities, and assistive technologies.

Oklahoma AgrAbility hosted a booth on April 16th at the Stillwater Milling Company Customer Appreciation Day in which over 500 people participated in the annual luncheon.

Oklahoma AgrAbility and Oklahoma ABLE Tech hosted a booth on April 17th at the Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Disability Awareness Day at the Capitol in which over 440 people participated in legislative visits, gathering information on all types of services provided to Oklahomans with disabilities and an awards ceremony.

Oklahoma State University, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources hosted its annual Day at the Capitol in Oklahoma City April 21st to touch base with state legislators regarding research, extension and educational programs. More

Oklahoma AgrAbility hosted a booth at the 84th State FFA Convention April 27-28, 2010. More

Oklahoma AgrAbility was invited by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to teach 238 fifth graders about farm safety and disabilities during their Progressive Safety Day.


Tom Younkman of the Vermont AgrAbility Project successfully completed the 5 day Agricultural Health and Occupational Safety Training held in Vermont on April 7th-11th.

Janis with Kim Stockment and Paul JonesJanis Moore of the Vermont AgrAbility Project successfully completed the 3 day NAP Assessment Training held in Indiana April 12-15th.  She is still in awe of the flat, rock-less farmland.

Two successful Arthritis Workshops were held in Vermont on April 14 & 15th with Amber Wolfe as the guest speaker.


Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), a public electric utility, provided powered wheelchairs to Farm Show visitors free of charge during the show, March 30 through April 1 in Oshkosh, WI. More

The Assistive Technology Exchange site is running and accessible at More

West Virginia

WV AgrAbility staff presented Caring for Caregivers: Tools for Caregivers in Rural Areas at the West Virginia Chapter of National Association for Social Workers Conference,April 28-30th in Charleston. More

AgrAbility took part in the first Therapeutic Gardening Conference hosted by West Virginia State University. More

AgrAbility made its traditional showing at the annual Lawn, Garden, & Forestry Expo. More

Staff represented AgrAbility at six different Extension Educational Dinner meetings for farmers. More

WV AgrAbility has a new program brochure.  The brochure has a new look, format, and more information on the services offered. You can check it out on the web page at

Staff Changes


After successfully herding the AgrAbility of Wisconsin program from its beginnings in 1991 through the latest grant award, and a successful National AgrAbility Project from 2000 – 2008, Ron Schuler is stepping down as Project Leader. More

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