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AgrAbility Day at the Capitol scheduled set for March 9


AgrAbility Day at the Capitol is slated March 9 from 1 to 4 p.m., to increase state legislators' awareness of agricultural producers who have disabilities and to highlight the importance of the Oklahoma AgrAbility Project.

The Oklahoma AgrAbility Project strives each year to increase the awareness about and meet the needs of Oklahoma agricultural producers with disabilities and their families.

Linda Jaco, Oklahoma AgrAbility co-director, said Oklahoma AgrAbility clients will have the opportunity to explain to state legislators the impact of Oklahoma AgrAbility on their lives and its importance to the futures of other producers with disabilities.

"Our general purpose for AgrAbility Day at the Capitol is to educate legislators, allow former clients to share stories and let legislators get a better sense of who we are," Jaco said. "We hope this will show the need for state support to provide additional services to our rural clients."

In 2007, the Oklahoma AgrAbility Project Act became law. The act created but did not provide funding for the state Oklahoma AgrAbility Project.

Jaco said exhibits and demonstrations showcasing the services and accomplishments of Oklahoma AgrAbility will be located on the fourth floor Rotunda of the Capitol building.

Legislative guides will be available to assist clients with navigating the Capitol building and speaking with their representative and senators.

For additional information about participating, call 888-885-5588 (voice/tty), 405-744-2398 or e-mail ability@okstate.edu.

The Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation, Oklahoma ABLE Tech and Langston University have partnered to provide AgrAbility services to nearly 150 families, train nearly 300 health care professionals and reach more than 25,000 people through outreach programs since 2002.

Oklahoma AgrAbility is one of about 30 state AgrAbility projects funded through U.S. Department of Agriculture grants and assisted by the National AgrAbility Project, which was created in the 1990 farm bill.

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