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Save the date for the AgrAbility National Training Workshop!

Join us March 31-April 3, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky for the 2014 AgrAbility National Training Workshop, the premier training event addressing issues of disability in agriculture.

Professionals and consumers from all over the country will participate in four days of plenary sessions, breakouts, tours, networking, and special events.

This year's conference headquarters is the Downtown Lexington Hilton located in the heart of downtown Lexington overlooking Triangle Park. Rooms are available at the special conference rate of $95 per night. You may reserve your room by vising the AgrAbility NTW Group Page or by calling 859-231-9000 and specifying that you are with the AgrAbility group.

Some of the conference highlights include:

  • Pre-conference sessions/tours Monday on specialized topics
  • A pre-conference reception Monday evening
  • Breakout sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday covering a wide variety of topics
  • Thursday tours featuring visits to local agricultural enterprises

Consumer travel stipends will be available. Check http://workshop.agrability.org/2014/ for updates on schedules, registration fees, and hotel reservations.

2013 Bridging Horizons Community Service Contest winners announced

The Bridging Horizons Community Service Contest provides an opportunity for organizations such as FFA chapters, 4-H clubs, Junior Leaders, and Girl/Boy Scouts to make a positive impact by helping community members with disabilities overcome physical barriers. Bridging Horizons entrants complete a low cost project in their community that helps to enhance independence for people with disabilities.

This year's Bridging Horizons participants completed some significant projects in their communities. From building sidewalks and ramps for public buildings to helping plant gardens and making raised garden beds, each of the projects made a substantial impact on its community. To learn more about the projects submitted by this year's winners and see a list of ideas for future projects, please visit the Bridging Horizons page.

Check out The Toolbox online

The Toolbox Assistive Technology Database Online is full of products that may assist farmers when an accident, injury, or illness makes doing farm tasks more difficult. It was also recently honored with a blue ribbon award in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers annual Educational Aids Competition. The Toolbox has been published in some form since 1986, but it wasn't until recently that it was available to anyone with an internet connection via the National AgrAbility website, www.agrability.org. Click here to read more about the history of The Toolbox.

News Notes

The News Note, the Indiana AgrAbility/Breaking New Ground quarterly newsletter, includes such features as client success stories, partner updates, special events, and assistive technology tips.