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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 Wednesday April 27, 2022 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. as an in-person course at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Clay Center, Nebraska or via Live Zoom conferencing. It is sponsored by Nebraska AgrAbility, 8 Continuing Education Units are 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 April 15, 2022 the registration form and a complete agenda available.

To pay by check mail registration form and check to:

Nancy Frecks, Nebraska Extension, PO Box 248, Trenton NE 69044

To pay electronically email the registration form information to:

Nancy Frecks at nfrecks1@unl.edu

 Contact Nancy Frecks, Nebraska Extension Educator, (308) 334-5666, or nfrecks1@unl.edu for further information or if you have any questions.

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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Nebraska AgrAbility is a joint effort of the University of Nebraska Extension and Easterseals Nebraska. This material is based upon the work supported by the Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under special project number #2006-41590-03461.

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