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April 2013


The Ohio AgrAbility Program recently hosted a workshop attended by 122 individuals from various organizations including County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, National AgrAbility, State AgrAbility Projects, OSU Extension staff, existing agricultural workforce programs, and organizations looking to establish an agricultural workforce program. The purpose of the workshop was to discover how agriculture could be a viable work environment for individuals with developmental disabilities. The workshop created several positive outcomes including:

An Ohio AgrAbility Project client has been re-appointed by Governor Kasich to the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council. The eleven governor-appointed board members come from Ohio's disability community. On March 21, the Ohio AgrAbility Project had an opportunity to showcase the work being done for AgrAbility clients and discuss the opportunities that are available by partnering with the Centers for Independent Living.

An Ohio AgrAbility Advisory Committee Meeting was held on March 21. The meeting was a great opportunity for Ohio AgrAbility partners and stakeholders to hear about work being done to assist AgrAbility clients, to share updates on partnerships and marketing efforts, and to provide input to better serve Ohio farmers.

Submitted by Kent McGuire