Two staff members attended Dr. Temple Grandin's program in Kearney titled "Animals Make us Human". This was in connection with the Kids & Dreams Autism Conference held there. One of her points was how to get youth interested in agriculture and how to point them toward technical degrees. She also talked about how animals can affect people and help them overcome limitations. It was a wonderful program and highly recommended.
A monthly veteran's meeting takes place in Norfolk, NE, with AgrAbility staff attending regularly. One of the biggest concerns for the area is the number of homeless veterans. Two organizations are working toward finding them good jobs and homes for the winter. Other discussion was about the VA system and how difficult it is for any individual to use, which is why veterans often end up homeless.
Emily presented the Nebraska AgrAbility Project at Nebraska State Fair. While attendance was not high, she was able to talk to a few individuals on a more personal level and understand their operations. The presentation took place on Older Nebraskans Day, so many of the conversations centered on adjusting their needs on the farm as they age. Emily was also able to talk with some assistive technology vendors and enjoy a bit of the State Fair culture herself!
Submitted by Susan Harris-Broomfield