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July 2011

National AgrAbility Project News

NTW farmer/rancher scholarship applications are due by Friday, September 2. Forms have been sent out to all of the SRAPs and will also be posted on the NTW conference website, more

Save the date for AgrAbility Webinar Series: Hand Protection for Agricultural Workers, September 8 at 3:00 EDT. more

The National AgrAbility Project was recognized for excellence in website accessibility with a Purdue Web Accessibility Award. more

The National AgrAbility Project had a display at the 2011 FICCDAT/RESNA Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 5-8, 2011. more

The 2011 AgrAbility National Training Workshop will be held November 7-10 at the Hilton Hotel and Suites in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. more

The Mental/Behavioral Health Community of Interest will host a discussion on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), led by Dr. Roberta Schweitzer, on Tuesday, August 9 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

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

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


After a great monthly meeting with Arthritis Foundation (AF) partners in the Pacific and Southern California Regions, CalAgrAbility developed a strategy for piloting "Taking the Reins" arthritis workshops. more

In addition, outreach staff participated in heat stress trainings for farmers and employees in Modesto and Santa Rosa. more

Thanks to Independent Living Center partners, CalAgrAbility was able to update staff knowledge and skills via a webinar focusing on developing farmer PASS Plans.

CalAgrAbility bilingual outreach representatives attended training on how to integrate various media into future presentations. more


The Colorado AgrAbility Project (CAP) was invited to present at a meeting of the Farmers Union Service Agency (FUSA) managers. more

CAP participated in a radio interview on KSIR Farm Radio, broadcasting from Fort Morgan, CO to the northeast quadrant of the state and portions of western Kansas and Nebraska.


Breaking New Ground/Indiana AgrAbility presented two Indiana FFA chapters with awards for their Bridging Horizons Community Service Contest projects. more

Steve Swain, rural rehabilitation specialist for BNG/Indiana AgrAbility, presented information at the Hamilton County Ag Day in Noblesville, Indiana. more

Indiana AgrAbility participated in the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service Home and Family Conference, which was held June 7-9, 2011 on the campus of Purdue University. more


OK AgrAbility is preparing to introduce a new website that will be more accessible, giving the program the ability to reach people living with disabilities. Watch here for a link to the new site.

OK AgrAbility hosted a booth at the OK Junior Cattlemen's Association Preview Show, State Steer Show & Regional Junior Hereford Show, where participants from a five-state area were introduced to the Project.

OK AgrAbility co-sponsored with OK Geriatric Education Center, OK/AR Alzheimer’s Chapter and others to present "Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics: Focusing on Rural Communities" in Stillwater, OK on June 25.

OK Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) educators hosted an AgrAbility booth at the Lane Ag Center Field Day on June 11 near Atoka with 600 attending.

OK AgrAbility presented a Disability Awareness session at the Payne County Progressive Farm Safety Day June 14 to 100 youth.

OK AgrAbility hosted a booth at the OK Pecan Growers Association 81st Annual Convention June 26-27 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with 200 attending.

OK AgrAbility & OCES presented on Disaster Preparedness to the Zone 2 Natural Resources Conservation Service at Sequoyah State Park on June 30.

OK AgrAbility conducted a 6 week series: "Arthritis Land Exercise Program" ending June 28, 2011.

OK AgrAbility is teaming with Kansas AgrAbility, along with OK and KS Arthritis Foundations, to conduct "Arthritis in Agriculture" Seminars on August 30 in Dodge City, Kansas and on August 31 in Stillwater, OK.


Janis with Kim Stockment and Paul JonesThe Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro, Vermont was a huge success again this year with 50,000 happy people in attendance, Vermont AgrAbility got a lot of good exposure for its programs.

The new VCIL/TBI Support Group in St. Johnsbury, Vermont grew by an additional 5 members in June.

Janis with Kim Stockment and Paul JonesFive volunteer carpenters came to Vermont AgrAbility’s support group work day, in the pouring rain, to assist in rebuilding an addition to a farmer’s tiny house, which will help the mother and young daughter get their lives back together.

Vermont AgrAbility helped support and supplied transportation for TBI members from St. Johnsbury, Vermont to Burlington, Vermont for the Walk-4-Thought TBI event June 18.

West Virginia

West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) funded the purchase of a Kabota RTV 1100 and AgCam for a farmer in Preston County earlier this month. more

Earlier this month staff spoke to the Burbannah Gardening Club at their monthly meeting in Morgantown. more


Wyoming AgrAbility had a booth at the Wyoming Stockgrower’s Conference June 1-4, 2011; the booth’s focus was assistive technology and arthritis with an estimated 160 attendees.

Wyoming Homemakers invited WY AgrAbility to give a presentation and have a booth at their annual meeting June 10-11, 2011 in Lusk, WY; there were approximately 88 attendees in addition to Cooperative Extension Service staff.

Staff Changes

Arthritis Foundation

Janis with Kim Stockment and Paul JonesJanis with Kim Stockment and Paul JonesAmber Wolfe, AgrAbility project coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation, and her husband David welcomed William Corbin Wolfe into their family on Thursday, June 16. Baby Corbin was born at 8:41 am and weighed 9 lbs. 1.4 ounces and was 21 inches long. Both David and Amber are doing great and big sisters Isabelle and Abigaile just love Corbin to pieces.

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