Provides information and resources to help Kansas farmers with disabilities find and access assistive occupational technologies. Services include recommending farm equipment adaptation, home modifications and adaptive equipment; peer support; and referring families to local service providers.
What Kansas AgrAbility Can Do For You
Kansas AgrAbility Agriculture Assistive Technology (AT) Specialists combine their knowledge of agriculture with disability expertise to provide farmers, ranchers, and farm workers with the specialized services needed to safely accommodate their disabilities in everyday farm and ranch operations.
Furthermore, the project engages extension educators, disability experts, rural professionals ,and volunteers in offering an array of services.
Kansas AgrAbility Project staff provide a range of no-cost assistance to farmers, ranchers, and farm workers who have disabilities. AgrAbility can also help by:
- Providing information and educational materials for farmers, ranchers, their family members , and the professionals who serve them.
- Recommending farm equipment adaptation, home modifications, and adaptive equipment.
- Providing peer support from other farmers and ranchers with disabilities.
- Referring families to local service providers.
Date:February 17, 2012
From Michelle Krajewski, Region VII Representative
I am also recruiting individuals to assist in the selection process. Please let me know if you would like to help select our next Regional Advocacy Award winner.
If you have any questions, you can e-mail or call me at (816) 561-0304 (V)
Purpose of the NCIL regional advocacy award: To recognize individuals or groups/organizations within each region for outstanding systems advocacy efforts consistent with independent living goals and philosophy at a national, state, or local level.
The HSC Foundation’s ADA Award has gone national and is seeking the next generation of disability advocates!! Young leaders with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the 2012 Advocates in Disability Award (ADA)!
The purpose of the ADA Program is to award and encourage a young individual with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26, who has dedicated himself/herself to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families in the United States. The program also supports an innovative project developed by a young person with a disability that serves and empowers individuals with disabilities.
Kelly Buckland, Executive Director for the National Council on Independent Living reports the following good news about President Obama's Budget and Independent Living. "From everything we have seen, it looks like IL is level funded in the president's budget and that he has dropped his proposal to combine Parts B & C and block grant it to the states! This is great news and we should celebrate. We have a briefing with the White House tomorrow. If we find out any different, we will let you know." And he adds, "Happy Valentine's Day!"
TOPEKA — The system that helps more than 6,000 physically disabled Kansans across the state live in their own homes instead of long-term care facilities is undergoing sweeping changes that have been launched by the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback.
Administration officials say the shake-ups ultimately will result in a more efficient and accountable system with potential for helping more people.
But those who deliver the services at the local level through the state’s 12 regional independent living centers say they don’t see how those outcomes will be possible given the problems associated with implementing the changes.