AgrAbility Virginia is in the middle of the second year of its 4-year grant from the USDA / NIFA Special Project 2014-41590-22326. Members of the AgrAbility Virginia Team recently returned from the AgrAbility National Training Workshop (NTW), in Fort Collins, Colorado! Fortunately, we got out of town before the weekend snowstorm!
The NTW is a gathering of staff from over 20 other State and Regional AgrAbility Projects (SRAPs), as well as interested parties from other state agricultural programs, vocational rehab programs, veterans groups (including the Farmer Veteran Coalition), assistive technology specialists, and many others.
Two highlights of the event were keynote speakers, Temple Grandin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin), livestock management specialist and autism educator and advocate, and Amberly Snyder (http://www.today.com/health/rodeo-champion-amberley-snyder-back-saddle-after-paralysis-6-years-t77946), who reclaimed her barrel riding stature after being paralyzed in a severe truck rollover.
AgrAbility Virginia has been part of the planning and publicizing of the 7th Annual Small Farm Conference, at Virginia State University (VSU), September 20-22, 2016 http://www.vsu.edu/nationalsmallfarmconference/index.php, as well as working with the National AgrAbility Project to host a workshop for 1890s Land Grant Universities. This workshop will be held August 17-18, 2016, also at VSU.