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Wyoming AgrAbility announces new project director

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A project director has joined Wyoming AgrAbility.

Chelsea Hampton will help provide education to service providers and producers, information to and networking with providers and direct assistance to ranchers and farmers whose families are affected by a disability, said Randy Weigel, AgrAbility project director.

Born in Rock Springs, Hampton has lived in Cody, Evanston, Greybull, Lusk and Powell but considers the Greybull/Cody area home.

"I acquired a familiarity with ranching and agriculture through the people I came to know," she said. "I have also gained an understanding of disabilities and support services through my education in social work as well as through working as a job coach for persons with disabilities."

She said she learned disability is not an umbrella term for a particular field but exists along a continuum of human experience and nearly every population.

"I believe it is important to garner public awareness on these complex situations that affect the human condition and strive to eliminate any related stigma," she said.

Hampton is in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming and is part of UW Extension, said Weigel, a professor and the human development specialist in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Wyoming AgrAbility is part of a national program focused on promoting independence in ranchers, farmers, farm workers and their families who have injuries or limitations leading to disability. Wyoming AgrAbility focuses on helping the more than 6,000 Wyoming ranch and farm members who may have a disability, said Weigel.

Partnering agencies include the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities in the UW College of Health Sciences, Wyoming Independent Living Rehabilitation in Casper and Wyoming Services for Independent Living in Lander.

The confidential program services are free.

Hampton can be contacted toll-free at 866-395-4986 or at agrability@uwyo.edu for referrals or more information.



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