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November 2012


A complete set of Bilingual Arthritis Teaching Tools, which consists of arthritis curriculum and flip chart, can be purchased for $80.00 from the Missouri AgrAbility Project. Specific information about the Bilingual Arthritis teaching tools can be found at If you have questions or want to purchase these contact Sandy Zaring at 800.995.8503 or via email at

The Missouri AgrAbility Project assisted Rehabilitation Services for the Blind to host their second Counselor Academy on October 18-19, 2012. The focus of Counselor Academy II was on Comprehensive Assessment and development of the individualized plan of employment. Karen Funkenbusch assisted Michael St. Julien, assistant deputy director, Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind with counselor training. The purpose of AgrAbility staff involvement was to help counselors consider agriculture as a viable employment option for farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Thirty RSB counselors were provided with an AgrAbility PowerPoint Presentation and programmatic materials in an electronic and Braille format.

Paul Leverenz, vice-president of FARM & Vocational Services, Easter Seals Wisconsin, and Manuel Lugo, retired deputy administrator for Wisconsin's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, worked with Chris Clause, Ray Drake, and John Arellin, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Jackie Allenbrand, Willard Downs, and Karen Funkenbusch, AgrAbility staff, to facilitate this training workshop. The purpose of the Agricultural Assistive Technology Training (AATT) workshop was to train Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation staff to consider agriculture as a viable employment option for farmers and ranchers with disabilities. This joint VR and AgrAbility training enhanced the cultural competencies and preparedness in rehabilitating agricultural clients.

Jackie Allenbrand, AgrAbility rural outreach specialist, MERIL, reported the following AgrAbility activities:

On- and off-campus University of Missouri AgrAbility staff participated in the following AgrAbility activities:

Submitted by Karen Funkenbusch