Ohio AgrAbility continues working with four established farming programs specializing in autistic participants. The focus has been working on current work systems in both the greenhouse and the garden areas. The main goal of collaboration is to encourage a progression of adult farmers who work in agriculture while overcoming the challenges of autism. Ohio AgrAbility is utilizing universal design concepts, assistive technology, ADA guidelines, and modified work processes to create a safe productive work environment for these locations. Additionally, continuing work with OSU Extension South Center in Piketon has looked at how to use irrigation, greenhouses, and techniques studied at the OSU South Center, to extend the growing season for these farm programs and other Ohio AgrAbility clients.
Submitted by Kent McGuire