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December 2012

National AgrAbility Project

Webinars and PowerPoint files from the 2012 Virtual NTW have been archived at

More than 60 people participated in the inaugural Virtual NTW, and total combined attendance for the seven sessions was more than 190.

The NAP thanks all those who presented and participated in the first-ever AgrAbility web conference.

Submitted by Paul Jones

Goodwill's representation with the National AgrAbility Project has shifted from Goodwill Industries International to Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, a Goodwill member organization. Goodwill of the Finger Lakes will continue the valuable work of facilitating partnerships between AgrAbility projects and Goodwill organizations, as well as supporting those which have already been established. As one of a network of 158 Goodwill affiliates, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes will share Goodwill disability-related resources and core competencies, as well as looking to colleagues to share their Goodwill expertise in delivering disability and employment related resources to enhance the lives of farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers, and their families.

Goodwill of the Finger Lakes staff are honored to be the disability nonprofit partner for the National AgrAbility Project, and look forward to working with each of you.

With many initiatives on the NAP Work Plan, one that Goodwill staff are very excited about is offering 24/7 live answer for the NAP phone number, utilizing the 211 Contact Center to cover after hours calls. Goodwill staff will also be looking to bring AgrAbility and related resources to 211 and other information and referral systems throughout the country, providing another method for individuals to connect to the valuable resources provided throughout the NAP and SRAPs.

In addition to hosting a Contact Center with contracts including information and referral, crisis management, suicide prevention, and customer service for a variety of contracts, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes is a leader in specialized services for the blind and visually impaired.

Submitted by JoBeth Rath

Amber Wolfe, Arthritis Foundation national partner, was a speaker at the Kentucky Small Farms Conference in Frankfort, KY on November 15. Amber was hosted by John Hancock and Linda Bokros from the Kentucky AgrAbility Project, and spoke to the group about the National AgrAbility Project and arthritis and agriculture-related issues such as pain management, common causes of joint pain in agriculture, and assistive technologies and farm modifications.

Submitted by Amber Wolfe