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March 2022


Alaska AgrAbility non-profit partner ATLA is providing a free Assistive Technology Virtual Expo from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. AKT (1 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, April 20th and Thursday, April 21st. The sessions will either be 25 minutes or 50 minutes long, exploring AT devices and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. The focus will be on AT for employment, education, and community living. Learn more at

The statewide seven-part series titled "From the Ground Up," which was a partnership between AKAgrAbility, Kenai Peninsula Soil & Water Conservation District, and Cooperative Extension, concluded on March 1st. This was a virtual series delivered via Zoom, and sessions were recorded. Due to overwhelming requests to extend the viewing time on session recordings, recordings were uploaded to a dedicated YouTube page where participants can view sessions until the end of March. Over 230 people registered from more than 45 communities around the state.

Art Nash taught a four-part series noncredit course titled "Adaptive and Enabled Garden Growing" throughout February for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) based in Fairbanks, Alaska. OLLI is a program of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) that is led and supported by its membership, and determines its own curriculum, policies, procedures, and fees. There are over 100 other OLLI's around the nation, but the programs are completely independent. What OLLI's have in common is financial support from the Bernard Osher Foundation. OLLI at UAF offers a rich and wide variety of classes and learning opportunities for adults who are 50 or older.

AKAgrAbility will be participating in a new FishAbility working group. So far, participating SRAPs consist of Maine, Washington, and Michigan. The purpose of the group will be to share resources, best practices, and collaborations around AgrAbility work with commercial fishers of all types. If interested in participating in monthly meetings beginning in April, please contact DeShana York at

Submitted by DeShana York