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October 2018


AgrAbility Pennsylvania project staff took time in September to hold an in-person team meeting between Penn State and UCP Central PA. The team spent a full day reviewing grant objectives and goals, and evaluating their successes and challenges from the past year. It was a full agenda and the focus was solely on how to continue to do the best work possible for farmers with a disability or health condition throughout the state. The team is looking forward to a full calendar of fall activities and events ahead, including a disability awareness event at the State Capitol in Harrisburg next month and a health & safety fair sponsored by PA Farm Bureau in November.

Big Spring Middle School students in ag and technology classBig Spring Middle School student working on robotic technologyProject Assistant Abbie Spackman had an exciting day at Big Spring Middle School working with students in an agricultural and technology class! The students learned about assistive technology and how it can assist farmers who have a disability or long-term health condition. The most exciting part was when students were challenged to create assistive technology, based on an AgrAbility client scenario, Big Spring Middle School students working in ag and technology classusing their robotics technology. The whole group worked hard and had a great time learning about the challenges farmers overcome with assistive technology. They will continue to work on their assistive technology over the next few classes, but already made great progress!

Submitted by Abi Spackman