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Communities of Interest

AgrAbility Communities of Interest (COIs) are member-driven groups that discuss topics related to disability in agriculture. Communities normally have monthly or bimonthly conference calls, and structure of these meetings may include open discussion, case studies, and presentations from outside experts. AgrAbility COIs are open to those not employed by AgrAbility Projects, including consumers and professionals.

Click here to view the current calendar of COI calls. Contact the individual COI leaders for phone numbers.

Arthritis and Agriculture

Leader: Amber Wolfe

Description: The Arthritis and Agriculture Community of Interest was developed to provide an opportunity for agricultural professionals, AgrAbility staff, Arthritis Foundation staff, rural health care professionals, and the general public to network and discuss topics of interest or concern regarding the affects of arthritis on farmers, other agricultural workers, and their families and how to provide help in those situations. The COI is member-driven in regard to structure and topic and holds monthly conference calls.

Arthritis Archived Meetings

Assistive Technology

Leader: Steve Swain

Description: The Assistive Technology Community of Interest meets via conference call bi-monthly to learn and discuss issues relating to assistive technology for the farm. Conference calls typically occur the third Thursday of the month at 3 PM Eastern time and last approximately one hour. Topics have included funding of assistive technology, professional certification for AT professionals, case studies, and brain-storming sessions.

Assistive Technology Archived Meetings

Mental/Behavioral Health

Leader: Paul Jones

Description: The Mental/Behavioral Health Community of Interest meets bi-monthly to learn more about recognizing and responding to the needs of clients with mental/behavioral health disorders. To do so, participants learn more about how professional mental/behavioral health organizations can help clients and where to refer them for professional treatment. General discussions within the community group and with invited experts contribute to accomplishing the group's goals.

Mental/Behavioral Health Archived Meetings