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September 2016 ABe-Notes

September 2016 AgrAbility News


During the 2016 RESNA Conference, AgrAbility was presented the Leadership Award for outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of life of farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers with disabilities.  JoBeth Rath from Goodwill of the Finger Lakes and National AgrAbility partner accepted the award for AgrAbility.

Also during the 2016 RESNA Conference, Dr. Bill Field, National AgrAbility Project Director, was presented with the Honorary Fellow Award for his outstanding achievements in leadership of AgrAbility and in assistive technology advances for people with disabilities.  The Honorary Fellow Award is the highest award presented by RESNA.

Steve Swain, the assistive technology specialist with the National AgrAbility Project and Life Essentials, provided multiple displays in the Health and Safety Tent at the 2016 Farm Progress Show near Boone, Iowa.  The display included Iowa AgrAbility brochures, NAP brochures and videos, arthritis brochures, AgrAbility case studies, a Life Essentials truck lift, an Action Track Stander, and multiple Journeyman scooters (one had a snow/manure blade).  Contacts were made with farmers from Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  

Indiana AgrAbility

Steve Swain, the Indiana AgrAbility rural rehabilitation specialist, presented Gardening Tools for People with Disabilities and Those Who Are Getting Older at the Huntington County Fair.  The event was sponsored by the Huntington County Extension Homemakers.

Indiana AgrAbility was welcomed by Indiana FFA as an exhibitor in the FFA Pavilion at the 2016 Indiana State Fair.  The exhibit included a John Deere tractor with a custom Life Essentials seat lift, AgrAbility brochures, a TV showing the AgrAbility video, arthritis brochures, beginning farmer/veteran resources, a Bridging Horizons Community Service Contest display, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services brochures.

Indiana AgrAbility partner, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI), conducted an in-service training for their occupational and physical therapists where Steve Swain presented Indiana AgrAbility services and resources.  RHI is a leading rehabilitation hospital in Indiana and the nation treating spinal cord injuries, amputations, and brain injuries.

Steve Swain, the Indiana AgrAbility rural rehabilitation specialist, attended a training conducted by the Indiana Assistive Technology Project (INDATA) at Easter Seals Crossroads.  INDATA is a partner of the Indiana AgrAbility Project and is the AT Project for Indiana.  The full-day training was for Assistive Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  The speakers provided information on hearing loss and AT available.

2016 Purdue Student Soybean Innovation Competition

Purdue Student Soybean Innovation Competition
Thursday, September 22, 2016
LYNN 1136 @ 5:30 pm
Pizza & Soda Provided

Come and find out how you could win $5,000, $10,000, or $20,000!

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