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September 2013

National AgrAbility Project

Are you new to AgrAbility? Were you unable to attend the National Training Workshop in April? Just missing gatherings of individuals with a similar mission? You are in luck! Two Regional Workshops have been scheduled to meet your needs. Pick your coast, East or West, and register to join the National AgrAbility Project at an upcoming conference.

Each regional event will kick off with an afternoon of AgrAbility Farm Assessment Training. Day two will include presentations on AgrAbility related topics such as: Veterans in Agriculture, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairments, the Migrant Workforce, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Rural Health Initiatives. The final day will include a tour of area farms.

Registration fees of $150 include all materials, tour transportation, Tuesday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Wednesday breakfast and lunch.

Jacksonville, Florida Regional Event: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Monday, September 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM-Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Conference Registration is available at the following link:
Hotel rooms are available at the conference hotel at a rate of $80 per night. Please use the following link to reserve your room:

Yuma, Arizona Regional Event: Hilton Garden Inn at the Pivot Point Conference Center
Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM-Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Conference Registration is available at the following link:
Hotel accommodations are available at the Conference hotel at a rate of $78 per night. To make your reservations at this rate, please contact the hotel directly at 1-928-783-1500 and mention the Goodwill of the Finger Lakes block.

Submitted by JoBeth Rath

Several webinars have been confirmed for the 2013 AgrAbility Virtual NTW, including:

Look for more updates in next month's e-Note.

Submitted by Paul Jones

The National AgrAbility Project and the Illinois AgrAbility Unlimited staff had displays in the Health and Safety tent at the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. Displays included publications, the NAP video, Arthritis and Agriculture, an AT tool board, a banner display, a Journeyman scooter, and the John Deere tractor with a Life Essentials Pilot lift. Information was distributed to consumers from several states, including contact information for the state's SRAP.

Submitted by Steve Swain

Amber Wolfe hosted a full-day "Arthritis and Agriculture" workshop at the Carnegie Library in Marion, IL on August 20. The workshop was free and was open to the public, and covered topics including signs and symptoms of arthritis, agricultural sources of joint stress, pain management, and the National AgrAbility Project. Southern IL Arthritis Foundation staff members and volunteers were in attendance as well.

The Arthritis Community of Interest (COI) group held its 26th call on August 27 at 2:00 PM EDT. Sandra Stevenson and partners from the Oklahoma AgrAbility Project shared their successes in working with the Arthritis Foundation’s "Programs for Better Living" as an educational tool for Oklahoma county extension educators.

Submitted by Amber Wolfe