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October 2012

North Carolina

North Carolina AgrAbilityOn September 13, NC AgrAbility presented new presentation materials at a booth at the Shabazz Center for Independent Living Assistive Technology Symposium, in Greensboro, NC featuring information on assistive technology for gardening and agricultural use, from high tech to low tech. Information on farming with arthritis, sources for purchasing adaptive tools, and the new NC AgrAbility trifold brochures were available.

NC AgrAbility also conducted training for Center for Independent Living staff with guest trainer Inetta Fluhartty of West Virginia AgrAbility September 24-25 in Smithfield, NC. Staff from NC Centers for Independent Living, occupational therapists, and master of occupational therapy students from East Carolina University attended. The training covered an overview of NC AgrAbility, introduction to AgrAbility, concepts related to injury and farming with disabilities, risks and hazards on the farm, and how to perform a site assessment. The two day session included a full day of book work and a day on a farm participating in hands-on measuring and testing and a mock farm assessment. Thank you to Inetta for a fantastic training!

Submitted by Michele Proctor