We are excited to announce our partnership with Clemson University and South Carolina State University to bring AgrAbility, a national initiative, to South Carolina! We will offer training and technical assistance to University staff and partners on how to make the agriculture career field accessible for people with disabilities and create more opportunities for people with disabilities in farming.
To help improve the quality of life and independence for people with disabilities, the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) recently awarded a grant to Clemson and South Carolina State University, and other organizations, including Able South Carolina, to start an AgrAbility program in South Carolina.
Learn more about how AgrAbility will help disabled farmers and those seeking careers in agriculture by reading this article from Clemson News.
In addition to Clemson Extension Service agents and researchers, other organizations participating in the program to bring AgrAbility to the state include Able South Carolina (Able SC), South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department, South Carolina Department of Education (Office of Special Education), University of South Carolina Assistive Technology Program, Farmer Veteran Coalition of South Carolina, the Upstate Warrior Solution, South Carolina Commission for the Blind and South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.
Able South Carolina, alongside the other named organizations, will conduct training workshops and team up with engineers to create innovative solutions for addressing the barriers to farming for people with disabilities.