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July 2011

National AgrAbility Project

NTW farmer/rancher scholarship applications have been sent out to all of the SRAPs and will also be posted on the NTW conference website, Applications are due by September 2. Contact Kylie Hendress at for more information.

Save the date for AgrAbility Webinar Series: Hand Protection for Agricultural Workers, September 8 at 3:00 EDT. Join NAP Ergonomist Rob Stuthridge for a discussion of such topics as:

More information on registration, etc., is slated to follow soon.

The National AgrAbility Project was recognized for excellence in website accessibility with a Purdue Web Accessibility Award. The university initiated the awards this year as a way to recognize colleges, schools, departments, programs and units that have made great strides in meeting or exceeding the University’s standards for accessible Web design while demonstrating excellence in design and communication. The National AgrAbility Project website was selected for meeting the University’s standard for accessible Web design, being user-friendly and having a pleasing visual design. In addition, YouTube videos offered on the website are closed captioned, and a user may request text transcripts of Web-based training modules.

The National AgrAbility Project had a display at the 2011 FICCDAT/RESNA Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 5-8, 2011. Steve Swain, assistive technology specialist for NAP, staffed the display and conducted a workshop on Evaluating Agricultural Equipment for Secondary Injury Hazards. The session was well attended and, as one participant stated, had the most discussion of any workshop he had attended. Mark your calendar for June 28 thru July 3, 2012 for the next RESNA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Additional information can be found on the new RESNA website:

Submitted by Steve Swain

The 2011 AgrAbility National Training Workshop will be held November 7-10 at the Hilton Hotel and Suites in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Reservations can be made by phone at 800.315.1906 or online on the AgrAbility NTW reservation website. Please make sure you mention that you are with the AgrAbility National Training Workshop, by October 7, to ensure the conference rate of $115 per night.

Submitted by Kylie Hendress