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For Immediate Release

Farm Safety Priority To Virginia Doctorate Students

AgrAbility Program Benefits Farmers with Disabilities

Salem, VA, February 7, 2018

Media Contact:
Kathy Edgerton

For more than 16 years, the AgrAbility Virginia program has been assisting farmers and farm workers with disabilities.  Easterseals UCP and the Virginia Cooperative Extension partner to provide direct education and on-site assistance to farmers and their families by offering modification of farm equipment, accessibility and technology.


Every semester, the AgrAbility Virginia Program staff works with a team of doctorate students from the Mary Baldwin University, Murphy Deming School of Health Sciences, in Fishersville, VA.  The teams consist of four or five students who are in the physical therapy, occupational therapy or physician assistant program.

The practicums are part of the students’ second year requirements.

The Easterseals UCP AgrAbility Virginia Program is fortunate to have worked with four teams since 2015.  Over the years, the teams have provided marketing tools, fundraising ideas, and a database of agencies and contacts for AgrAbility Virginia. The last team (featured in photo) researched farm safety programs and surveys in the U.S.

Building on this work, the current team is developing a short self-assessment farm safety tool for AgrAbility Virginia clients. This will assist in getting a better picture of the work environment and potential risks of secondary injuries that AgrAbility farmers might face.

For more information about the Easterseals UCP AgrAbility program of Virginia, please contact Kirk Ballin.

Easterseals UCP works side-by-side with adults and children who are managing disabilities and mental health challenges. We serve as a nurse, a therapist, a social worker, a job counselor, a teacher, a psychologist, a caregiver and a compassionate friend all rolled into one. Our purpose is to help neighbors in need achieve better days and live their best possible life.

Learn more about Easterseals UCP at www.eastersealsucp.com
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