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Rehabilitating Disabled Farmers and Ranchers:  A Priority in Rural Nebraska

Occupational and physical therapists are invited to “Rehabilitating Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities.”  The day-long seminar is planned for Tuesday September 26, 2023 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. as an in-person course at the Park Clubhouse in Battle Creek, Nebraska or via Live Zoom conferencing. It is sponsored by Nebraska AgrAbility, 8 Continuing Education Units will be available through NPTA.

Lunch and snacks will be provided for those attending in person and all course materials will be mailed before class to those attending via live zoom.

Most do not realize it, but when a farmer or rancher is discharged from care following an injury or serious illness, he or she is not only returning home, but is also returning to an industrial work site.

Occupational therapists, physical therapists, OT assistants and PT assistants can play an important role in preparing farmers and ranchers to return to their homes.  When home includes the workplace, special considerations are needed to ensure a safe transition.

“Rehabilitating Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities” is designed to help these health care providers become more competent in their care to the agricultural population they see on a regular basis.  Christine Hutchinson, PT, DPT, will be the lead instructor for the course. She is a physical therapist at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point, Nebraska. She has advanced certification in geriatrics and is a credentialed clinical instructor. Nebraska AgrAbility staff will also teach portions of the seminar.

Pre-registration and payment for the seminar is required by September 19, 2023 the class flyer and a complete agenda is available here.

To register and pay electronically or by check go to:


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Nebraska AgrAbility is a partnership of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and Easter Seals Nebraska.

Since 1995 Nebraska AgrAbility has helped individuals with disabilities overcome barriers to continue in their chosen agricultural profession.

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The National AgrAbility Project and its state programs are supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a competitive grant process.

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For the past 20 years, Nebraska AgrAbility, a collaborative effort of UNL Extension and Easter Seals of Nebraska, has supported Nebraska farmers and ranchers facing disabilities or disabling health conditions. Health conditions ranging from stroke to spinal cord injuries, the program provides specific recommendations for farm site and equipment modifications for farmers and ranchers to support them in reaching their full work potential and doing what they love most.

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Nebraska AgrAbility is a joint effort of the University of Nebraska Extension and Easterseals Nebraska. This work is supported by AgrAbility grant #2022-41590-38127 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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