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May 2018

West Virginia

WV AgrAbility attended the WV Beef Expo at Jackson's Mill. Their display was set up to educate 4-H youth and potential cattle buyers about AgrAbility and its services. The display consisted of resources from AgrAbility and its partners. Assistive technology was on display from West Virginia Assistive Technology Systems with agricultural tools available for loan. Tools displayed helped with arthritis, mobility, and cognitive barriers. Popular tools with people at the expo were the telescoping garden tool set and the ergonomic rake. The event had three days for people to look at equipment and cattle for sale. The second day consisted of 4-H clubs participating in beef judging contests. The last day of the expo was the beef sale: buyers had a chance to get some of the cattle that were on display throughout the expo.

WV AgrAbility held a training session at the WV Association of Extension 4-H Agents Spring Conference on "Making your Community Accessible". 4-H agents from the counties in WV attended the session. The training gave agents knowledge on how to make Microsoft Word documents accessible for everyone. Agents learned how to use headings, alt text, columns, and data tables for a more accessible document. During the training, physical accessibility was also discussed. The usage of rails, ramps, and proper signage was talked about with agents. WV AgrAbility closed the session by sharing what AgrAbility can do for the 4-H agents and the farmers they work with. Discussions with the agents after the session were all positive and WV AgrAbility was asked if they were open to making this training a yearly session at their conference.

Submitted by Inetta Fluharty