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July 2016


Ability Tools, CalAgrAbility partner, held the Ability Tools Reuse Conference on June 20th and 21st in Sacramento, CA. Various workshops were held throughout the two days, providing valuable information on how to reuse assistive technology and medical equipment. The "Emergency Preparedness & Reuse" workshop demonstrated how collaborations among national, state, and local governments and non-profits played a pivotal role in aiding California wildfire survivors in 2015, through the reuse assistive technology & durable medical equipment program. For presentation information from all workshops at the conference, click here.

CalAgrAbility attended the "Promoting Total Farmer Health" webinar, presented by Charlotte Halverson, an occupational health nurse for the AgriSafe Network. The webinar reports that everyday about 167 agricultural workers suffer a lost-work time injury. About 5% of this kind of injury results in permanent impairment. A worker's well-being is impacted by: wages, hours of work, workload and stress levels, interactions with co-workers, and having a healthy workplace.

CalAgrAbility staff have been publicizing the program statewide through registering in the 2-1-1 system in every county. CalAgrAbility is already listed in the 2-1-1 resource databases of 7 counties, but the goal is to be listed in all counties. By creating a uniform source of information that can be accessed by anyone, more people will become aware of CalAgrAbility and its resources.

Submitted by Esme Mandujano