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September 2013

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CinemAbility Documentary

"Do disability portrayals in the media impact society or does the media simply reflect our ever-changing attitudes? In this important documentary we see if media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of the disabled and determine if an enlightened understanding of disability can have a positive impact on the world."

Number of Women Farmers on the Rise in Greater Cleveland and Around the Country

"Statistics extrapolated this spring by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2007 census figures showed a startling change: There are nearly three times as many women farmers as there were 30 years ago. In three decades, women have gone from 5 percent of all farmers to 14 percent." Cleveland Sun News

Assistive Wheelchair Tray Could Help People With Disabilities Use iPads, Other Mobile Devices More Easily

"'RoboDesk,' a motorized wheelchair tray, could provide people with disabilities with an efficient and easy-to-use method to more easily position and remove an iPad or other mobile devices without being limited by a table or moving in and out of the chair." Purdue University Research Park News

Small Farmers: Food Safety Rules Could Halt Local Food Trend

"As the local food movement gains steam, northern New England farmers are steaming mad about proposed regulations they fear will leave them unable to meet growing consumer demand for their produce." Delaware Online

Young Farmers Break The Bank Before They Get To The Field

"A 2011 survey from the National Young Farmers Coalition showed access to land and capital to be the single biggest factors keeping young people from getting into farming or ranching. The survey also indicated young people are concerned about the environment--they're "generation organic"--and interested in small-scale operations. But it can be difficult to turn dreams of a farm life into reality." Delmarva Public Radio

New Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration at Department of Education Confirmed

"Janet LaBreck was confirmed as the new Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration at the Department of Education (DOE)...The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) provides leadership and fiscal resources to assist state and other agencies to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR), independent living (IL) and other services to individuals with disabilities." Disability Rights California

The Independence Fund

The Independence Fund is a non-profit working with veterans "to provide the necessary tools and therapies that are otherwise not being provided and to fund and promote physical and leisure/athletic activities that enhance the veteran's physical and emotional well-being." The Independence Fund

To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

"A garden that goes unwatered for months may produce sweeter, more flavorful fruits than anything available in most mainstream supermarkets--even in the scorching heat of a California summer. Commercial growers call it 'dry farming,' and throughout the state, this unconventional technique seems to be catching on among small producers of tomatoes, apples, grapes, melons and potatoes." Delmarva Public Radio

The US Professionals Quitting the Rat Race to Become Farmers

"Now, a small but--anecdotally--growing group of Americans are leaving the structure and security of an office job for the gruelling, yet rewarding work of earning money from the land. Some want to be a part of improving the food supply for themselves and their community; others are excited by the prospect of becoming self-sufficient, or simply working outdoors like their ancestors did." BBC News

Hollister Ordered to Make Faux Surf Shacks Wheelchair Accessible

"Denver-based U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel on Friday said he'll grant an injunction ordering the clothing chain to redesign 231 stores--about half of all its retail locations--within the next three years to make them accessible to people with disabilities." Boulder iJournal

Scrapie Disease Information

Farmers should be know the signs and problems of Scrapie, a disease which affects sheep and goats. Please pass along awareness to any sheep and goat farmers you might know. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service