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May 2012


The 2012 AgrAbility of Wisconsin Summit was held in Marshfiled, Wisconsin April 12. The event was hosted by the National Farm Medicine Center and provided the opportunity for attendees to network and to hear from a variety of organizations including the Wisconsin Arthritis Program, the National Farm Medicine Center, and the Wisconsin Farm Center. Topics covered included managing arthritis, preparing for your financial future, and services provided by the National Farm Medicine Center. Forty-five people were in attendance including past and present clients along with health and finical professionals.

AgrAbility of Wisconsin (AAW) hosted the Western Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program students for a farm experience in Viroqua, Wisconsin April 25. Students were able to evaluate an assessment, see firsthand the application of assistive technology to a client who has gone through the program, and review resources available for the rural community.

April 18-19 2012 AgrAbility of Wisconsin was part of the Agricultural Assistive Technology Training in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The purpose of the Agricultural Assistive Technology Training (AATT) project is for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) professionals to increase their cultural competency and preparedness to improve employment outcomes for farmers and agricultural workers with disabilities. The AATT project is supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. This was the first of five training workshops scheduled across the U.S.

Submitted by Victoria Janisch