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AgrAbility New Staff Training. AgrAbility NTW – March 31, 2014 Lexington, Kentucky National AgrAbility Project. Session Overview. Goals Services Resources. Overview of National AgrAbility Project (NAP) History Structure Personnel. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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AgrAbility New Staff TrainingAgrAbility NTW March 31, 2014Lexington, KentuckyNational AgrAbility Project11Session OverviewOverview of National AgrAbility Project (NAP)HistoryStructurePersonnel

GoalsServicesResources2AgrAbility began in 1991 as part of the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (The Extension Service)Breaking New Ground started in 1979 and was a model for AgrAbilityIn 1991, there were 8 AgrAbility projects; as of 2013, there are 20 state/regional projects covering 22 states plus several affiliate projects 3

The NAP StructureAll AgrAbility projects state projects and the national project are partnerships between the states land grant university and at least one rehabilitation-related program.

4Current NAP PartnersBreaking New Ground Resource Center, Purdue University (lead organization)Goodwill of the Finger Lakes (NY)Arthritis Foundation, Heartland RegionUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & Colorado State University (evaluation specialists)

5Unfunded Affiliate ProgramsFarmer Veteran CoalitionNorthwestern University Rehabilitation Engineering Research CenterAPRIL (Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living)RESNA (Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Society of North America)RTC Rural at the University of MontanaNational FFA Organization4-HNAP Structure Chart6Previous NAP Partners1991 2000Breaking New Ground Resource Center and Easter Seals2000 2008 University of Wisconsin Extension and Easter Seals

7The Priority Areas for all AgrAbility ProjectsEducationWorkshops, conferences, publicationsNetworkingPartnering with other organizations to fulfill our missionAssistanceProviding direct services to customersMarketingSpreading the word about AgrAbility8Special Responsibilities of the NAPProvide support to the state and regional AgrAbility ProjectsTraining ResourcesConsultations with NAP specialistsProvide direct services to customers in states without AgrAbility Projects9What Does AgrAbility Not Provide?FundingEquipment (though some Tech Act partners provide certain AT)Most funding for assistive technology comes through state vocational rehabilitation systemsOther sources of grants and loans are available10NAP Key PersonnelBill Field, Project DirectorFounder of Breaking New GroundOverall project oversightLiaison with USDA

11NAP Key PersonnelPaul Jones, Project ManagerManagement of daily activitiesResource development

12NAP Key PersonnelKylie Hendress, Engagement CoordinatorPublic awareness/marketingEvent planning

13NAP Key PersonnelSteve Swain, Assistive Technology SpecialistToolbox processLiaison with RESNA

14NAP Key PersonnelCliff Racz, Information Technology SpecialistDevelopment of NAP web site and assistive technology database

15NAP Key PersonnelChuck Baldwin, Liaison to 1890 InstitutionsNetworking with 1890sPlanning workshops with 1890s

16NAP Key PersonnelKate Hamm, Information Training CoordinatorAssistance with technical articles and web-related resourcesSocial media - Twitter17NAP Key PersonnelGoodwill of the Finger LakesPromotion of the Goodwill/AgrAbility partnershipRegional workshops24-hour call center18

NAP Key PersonnelAmber Wolfe, Arthritis Foundation AgrAbility CoordinatorCoordinator of AgrAbilitys arthritis-related activitiesWorkshop in SRAP & non-SRAP states

19NAP Key PersonnelEvaluation TeamObjective analysis of NAP activitiesAnnual staff needs assessmentDemographic dataQuality of life evaluation

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NAP ResourcesRelated web siteswww.agrability.org The Toolbox Assistive Technology Databasewww.agrability.org/toolbox Extranet available for staffwww.agrability.org/Extranet 21Other Web ResourcesNAP YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/NationalAgrAbility/ Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/pages/National-AgrAbility-Project/172045469478427 Twitter feedhttps://twitter.com/NatlAgrAbility www.agrabilityproject.org (former NAP)www.ruralcare.info (rural caregivers)

22The ToolboxPrint, CD, and web versions www.agrability.org/Toolbox Approximately 1000 products to help farmers and ranchers with disabilities

23Arthritis Resourceswww.arthritis-ag.orgArthritis and AgriculturePlain Facts about AgriculturePodr ser la Artritis lo que me causa Dolor? (Could Arthritis be the cause of my Pain?)Gaining Ground on Arthritis24

New Back Health ResourceBack impairments are historically the most prevalent conditions among AgrAbility clientsCovers causes, prevention, management, treatment, etc.

25Plowshares30 technical reports on specific topics, such as farming with a spinal cord injuryCurrently being updated

26Conducting Agricultural Worksite AssessmentsStep-by-step guide for evaluating farms and ranchesReproducible assessment formElectronic database for recording data and printing reports

27AT Secondary Injury Evaluation Step-by-step guide for evaluating AT for secondary injury hazardsReproducible assessment forms28

To Everything There is a Season: Rural Caregiver SupportWritten resourceVideo/DVDwww.ruralcare.infoIncludes video clipsDownloadable resourcesLinks to many organizations

29NewslettersAgrAbility HarvestSemiannual to national audienceAgrAbility e-NoteMonthly to AgrAbility staff members30

Communities of Interest and Standing CommitteesCommunities of InterestArthritis and AgricultureAssistive TechnologyStanding CommitteesEvaluationMarketingNational Training WorkshopNetworking31Your Questions32Your QuestionsHow do Vocational Rehab and Assistive Technology differ in rural areas among those engaged in agriculture and related activities?33Your QuestionsWhat are the typical time frames states expect or experience in meeting, reporting, assisting clients?34Your QuestionsPitfalls with state programs, as well as successes?Finding clientsFunding ATCollaborator relationshipsRead e-Note for successes

35Your QuestionsWhat are the experiences of clients experiencing TBI, learning disabilities, and other cognitive issues in rural areas and agriculture?36Your QuestionsHow does AgrAbility serve ethnic and linguistic minorities?37

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