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March 2013


Oklahoma AgrAbility staff members Jan Johnston and Sandra Stevenson launched the first pilot field test of training modules to 23 Oklahoma Home and Community Extension members in Mayes County with Family Consumer Sciences Educator, Jan Dawson on February 13, 2013. Module #1 targeted arthritis. Oklahoma AgrAbility created the training modules to provide the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service's educators with teaching materials that complement OCES Impact Teams that address issues across the state of Oklahoma.

Sandra Stevenson, assistive technology professional and program manager 4-H club members for Oklahoma AgrAbility, conducted a hands-on, interactive training for six 4-H club members and six adults in Delaware County in conjunction with Family Consumer Sciences Educator Barbara Denney and 4-H/Youth Educator Debra Gaines on February 13, 2013. Participants learned about proper disability etiquette, people first language, and simple grip accommodations. Each practiced tailoring grips for garden tools and hammers, and they created their own make n' take pencil grip. Training was held at the Zena Suri Alpaca farm owned by Tom and Kathleen Callan, who provided the group with a tour and special introduction to Cornucopia, an alpaca that utilizes a prosthetic leg provided by 4-H club leader Beverly Helms, who is also owner/operator of Grand Prosthetics. Cornucopia assisted Stevenson while teaching about accommodations and assistive technologies.

Submitted by Sandra Stevenson