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February 2016


In partnership with Fort Valley State University's (1890) graduate program in rehabilitation counseling and case management, the Georgia AgrAbility project is serving as a practicum/internship site for two graduate students this semester. Paige Tidwell, a certified rehabilitation counselor and an AgrAbility staff member, will provide the supervision and mentoring that will provide a good foundation for the upcoming new professionals in the field of vocational rehabilitation, particularly as it relates to serving AgrAbility in Georgia's farmer clients.

Staff spoke at two events in January sharing the AgrAbility in Georgia story. One event was a presentation to the Houston County Young Farmers chapter. As a result of the meeting, they have volunteered to provide assistance to AgrAbility clients as needed. The second event was a presentation to Georgia vocational agriculture teachers at their mid-winter conference. They are interested in involving their FFA chapters in supporting efforts of AgrAbility in Georgia.

AgrAbility in Georgia is planning a two day workshop for the Georgia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Assistive Work Technology (AWT) staff. The workshop will be held April 5-6, 2016, in Tifton, Georgia, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. Life Essentials and other vendors will be attending and demonstrating their equipment.

Submitted by Rebecca Brightwell