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June 2011

National AgrAbility Project News

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has announced that three AgrAbility resources will receive awards at its annual conference. more

The "Arthritis, Agriculture and Rural Life" conference (AARL) was held at the Beck Agricultural Center at Purdue University May 11-13, 2011. more

Amber Wolfe presented a 60 minute webinar through the AgriSafe Network on the prevention of osteoarthritis in rural farm youth on May 26. more

Registration is now open for the for the 2011 National Symposium on Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing Health & Safety. more

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

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


Working with "Hear, Here" (the local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association) has been a worthwhile educational experience. more

CalAgrAbility and partner Pacific Region Arthritis Foundation participated in seven health and resource farming events. more

CalAgrAbility staff has been doing some strategic planning for numerous summer activities, including conducting "Taking the Reins: Managing Your Arthritis on the Farm and at Home." more


Indiana AgrAbility/Breaking New Ground participated as an exhibitor at the Purdue Caregiver Resource Fair. more

Amber Wolfe, Arthritis Foundation, has been visiting the 16 Indiana Area Agencies on Aging. more


The OK AgrAbility Program Coordinator hosted a booth at the OK State FFA Convention May 3-4. more

The Oklahoma AgrAbility Case Manager presented a workshop titled "Health Education: Impact Rural Communities thru Program Design and the Arthritis Foundation’s Life Improvement Series" at the Arthritis, Agriculture, and Rural Life Conference May 11-13 at Purdue University’s Beck Agricultural Center. more

The AgrAbility Graduate Research Assistant and Program Coordinator created a display promoting Arthritis Awareness during National Arthritis Month in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at Oklahoma State University.

The Oklahoma AgrAbility Program Assistant began teaching an eight-week series of Arthritis L and Exercise Program in Stillwater, OK beginning May 10 and ending June 28.

OK AgrAbility presented a "Disability Awareness" session at the Major County Progressive Farm Safety Day May 11, with 177 youth in attendance and at the Pawnee County Progressive Farm Safety Day May 12 to 170 youth.

AgrAbility presented on the Oklahoma AgrAbility Project at the SE District OCES Extension Conference on May 18 in Ada, OK with 34 in attendance.

AgrAbility hosted a booth at the OCES County Director State Meeting, with 80 attendees, on May 19 in Stillwater, OK.

The AgrAbility team provided training to counselors, AT specialists, program managers, field coordinators, and administrative staff with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services on May 24. more

AgrAbility was introduced to thirty members of the Natural Resources Conservation District Zone 2 who attended the Area Team Meeting in Bristow, OK on May 25.

The AgrAbility team presented a session titled "Oklahoma AgrAbility—It Works for You" and hosted a booth at the 20th Annual Small Farmers Conference at Langston University’s OKC Campus on May 26-27. more

AgrAbility was introduced to the Edmond, OK AMBUCS chapter on May 27, with 39 in attendance.

The AgrAbility PI and Co-Director received funding to conduct a study titled, "Disability Status & Impact on OK Farming & Ranching Families."


The Vermont Center for Independent Living reports that the Brattleboro,Vermont Strolling of the Heifers is June 4, and by the time you read this Vermont AgrAbility will have been "stampeded" by farmers needing AgrAbility services here in Vermont and New Hampshire. more

The VCIL-TBI Support Group grew by an additional four attendees in May.

Tom Younkman and Janis Moore attended an Options Counseling workshop held May 19.


AgrAbility of Wisconsin is on Facebook—please like the page "AgrAbility of Wisconsin!" more


Wyoming AgrAbility had a booth at the 2011 Wyoming United for Aging and Disabilities Conference May 3-4, 2011.

Randy Weigel, project director, gave a presentation regarding the services of Wyoming AgrAbility and collaboration with DVR at the retreat for Wyoming DVR counselors. more

Wyoming AgrAbility sponsored an assistive technology workshop titled "Beyond Duck Tape and Velcro" with Dr. Therese Willkomm, in Casper, Wyoming.

Staff Changes


Emily Butler from Creighton University and Kaylee Earl from Colorado State University have recently begun twelve week occupational therapy internships with Jill Sump.

Goodwill Industries of Denver hired Bob Kembel to be a part-time Community Relations Coordinator for Colorado AgrAbility. Bob will be based at Goodwill’s new retail store in Fort Morgan, CO, and will help market AgrAbility throughout the northeast corner of the state.


Join us in bidding farewell to Jennifer Hobby, program coordinator for AgrAbility of Utah, who will be leaving AgrAbility June 3 to return home and help her aging father on their sheep ranch. She has served our farmers and ranchers well over the past few years and we are grateful for her dedicated service. Good luck, Jen, in your future engagements.

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