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AgrAbility: Making Agriculture Accessible - Southeastern Regional Event

National AgrAbility Project Partner, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes

Monday, September 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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AgrAbility is a program sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture that provides assistance to farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers as well as farm family members impacted by injury, disability or chronic conditions.

This regional workshop will provide opportunities for AgrAbility professionals to expand their knowledge, and allow non-AgrAbility professionals to learn more about AgrAbility, and providing services to farmers, and farm workers.

A great gathering place for the region's stakeholders to learn about the many programs available, and how to provide better services to the individuals we work with each day!

Agenda:

Monday, September   30th

11am – 1pm

Registration

 

1pm-1:30pm

 

Welcome & AgrAbility Overview

Paul Jones, National   AgrAbility Project, Breaking New Ground Resource Center, Purdue University

JoBeth Rath, National   AgrAbility Project Partner, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes

 

1:30pm-2:30pm

 

Conducting Agricultural Worksite Assessments

Paul Jones, National   AgrAbility Project, Breaking New Ground Resource Center, Purdue University

 

Before appropriate   solutions can be developed, there needs to be a clear understanding of the   problems and a careful assessment of the resources available to address them.

The Agricultural Worksite   Assessment provides a format for conducting thorough and accurate   disability-related needs assessments of their farmer or rancher clients’ in   work environments.

 

 

2:30pm-3:00pm

 

Break

 

3:00pm-4:30pm

 

Conducting Agricultural Worksite Assessments (continued)

Paul Jones, National   AgrAbility Project, Breaking New Ground Resource Center, Purdue University

 

 

4:30pm-5:15pm

Hands   On Education @ Hyatt Hotels - a Reality Based Approach to Hospitality   Training for Individuals with Disabilities 

John Ficca, Program Director, Hands   on Educational Services

Dan King - General   Manager, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville

Dominic ‎Ray, Asst   HR Director, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville 

 

The power of   collaboration in today’s environment of funding cuts and higher demands on   resources is so valuable. This Presentation   will illustrate a unique public / private partnership that focuses on   preparing PWD's for employment in the hospitality industry. Program is made   possible by the collaborative efforts of Hyatt Hotels, Hands On Educational   Services and FL Division of Vocational Rehabilitation / Blind Services. 

Tuesday, October 1st

8:00am-9:00am

Registrations

 

9:00am – 11:00am

AgrAbility – the Projects, the Partners and Funding

Paul Jones, National   AgrAbility Project, Breaking New Ground Resource Center, Purdue University

JoBeth Rath, National   AgrAbility Project Partner, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes

 

 

11:00 – 11:15 am

Break

 

11:15am – Noon

Florida Alliance for   Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)

Kelli Bloom, Northeast Regional Coordinator

 

The mission of FAAST is   to improve the life of all Floridians with disabilities through advocacy and   awareness activities that increase access to and acquisition of assistive services   and technology. Hear Kelli talk about   the work of FAAST and highlight available assistive services and   technologies.

 

Noon – 1pm

Lunch &   Networking

 

1pm – 1:45pm

Veterans Farm – An Innovative Appropach to Therapy and Employment   for Veterans

Christopher Mehr, Farm Manager

 

Veterans Farm’s mission is to help veterans reintegrate back into   society through the use of horticulture therapy, while working together in a   relaxed, open environment. Veterans work as a team to develop solutions that   will enable them to overcome physical and mental barriers. Hear the farm manager, a Veteran, speak of   his experiences and the experience of those he has worked with. Learn from a Veterans perspective what they   need, and how we can assist in their success.

 

1:45pm-2:30pm

University of Florida Extension   Services and the Solutions They Provide

Amanda Burnett, Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Agent, University   of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Nassau   County Extension Service

 

In every county of the state, the University of Florida's   Extension Service is available to assist farmers, homeowners, and community   residents of all ages and backgrounds find Solutions for their Lives. Through   partnerships with state, federal, and county governments, UF/IFAS Extension   is dedicated to developing knowledge and skills in areas such as agriculture,   natural resources, 4-H youth development, horticulture, and human and   financial health. Learn what Extension can do for you!

 

2:30pm-3:00pm

Break

 

3:00pm -3:30pm

GROW – A new   Veterans Farming initiative taking off!

Charles C. Vensel, Program Manager

Learn about a new program   of KLD. The Aquaponic, Hydroponic, Aeroponics   Training center for veterans in the Space Coast area of Florida will provide   skill sets and experience for Veteran Farmers to embark upon their own   farming adventure, or work at existing farms.

 

3:30pm-5:00pm

Discussion: Accessible Agriculture in Florida – What does the future bring?

How can this group of interested stakeholders make a difference for farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers with disabilities or chronic disease?

What resources are available, and how do we connect individuals to those resources?

 

6:00-8:00pm

Dinner

Wednesday, October 2nd

8:00am – 1:00pm

Farm Tours focusing on   accessible agriculture, adaptive technologies, etc. 

  • Veterans Farm,   Jacksonville and other area farms

 

1:00pm

Return to the Hyatt Regency, Jacksonville.  Program   concludes

Conference Registration includes all materials as well as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Tuesday, and Breakfast and Lunch on Wednesday.  (please see details below for hotel information and reservation link.)


For those requiring a hotel stay, the Hyatt Regency has a block of rooms available at a rate of $80 per night.  To reserve under this event, please click on the following link:

https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10758411

 

 

 

 

 

Have questions about AgrAbility: Making Agriculture Accessible - Southeastern Regional Event? Contact National AgrAbility Project Partner, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes

When & Where


Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
225 East Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Monday, September 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM


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