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October 2017


KY AgrAbility staff ended September the way they started: busy. The staff was busy in the field working with accessible garden projects at several sites and connecting with clients. The garden at KSU turned out great and the agriculture students from the Stewart School could see the fruits, or in this case, vegetables, of their labor.

The meeting with the Owensboro Regional Hospital rehabilitation team was very well attended and AgrAbility has been asked to return to supply more training for occupational therapists and physical therapists in working with farmers with injuries or disabilities. Caseworkers were also interested in ways they could help transition clients back to the farm after rehabilitation. While in Owensboro, KY, the staff was able to exhibit at the KY Rehabilitation Conference. This two-day event is for rehabilitation therapists and OVR staff.

Kentucky AgrAbility has a full agenda for October starting with the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury on Friday, October 6. This event was at the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center in Lexington. Superior Van and Mobility will be hosting open houses at their facilities in Lexington and Louisville. Many equipment vendors will be at the events along with others that work with modifying automotive equipment. The event in Lexington is on October 20 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Louisville's open house will be on the 27th and 28th. This is a new facility with state-of-the-art equipment.

Also in October and early November are the KY Extension agent training sessions. These are attended by all members of the Extension staff. East training will be in Winchester, KY, on October 24 and 25, with the western part of the state attending training on November 1 and 2.

Submitted by Linda Bokros