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

Contact Nebraska AgrAbility at 800-471-6425 or e-mail at neagrability@ne.easterseals.com

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

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 24, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Nebraska Extension Dawes County Office Meeting Room in Chadron, 250 Main Street Suite 8.  It is sponsored by Nebraska AgrAbility, AOTA Continuing Education Units are in the process of being approved will be awarded for the seminar once approved.

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 for the seminar is required by April 17, 2019. A complete agenda and registration materials is attached to this message or by contacting Nancy Frecks, Nebraska Extension Educator, (308) 334-5666, or nfrecks1@unl.edu.

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

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Wendell A. Rohrer in his pickup truck.

It Could Change Your Way of Life

Wendell A. Rohrer was a 63-year-old farmer in Nebraska when he was introduced to Nebraska AgrAbility.  Wendell farms corn, alfalfa, soybeans, and prairie hay, and runs cow/calf pairs. 

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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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