Building Independence Through Agriculture

Feb 26, 2019 (All day)
Nationwide and Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
Laura Akgerman

This one-day workshop will focus on agriculture and horticulture as viable work options for individuals with developmental disabilities. Speakers and panelists will provide insight on adaptive employment models, as well as identify resources and assistive technology to support workers in these settings. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the workplace opportunities and ways to overcome barriers for both the agricultural employer and their workers.


This workshop will benefit disability services professionals and advocates by:

  • Learning ways to find agricultural and horticultural employers, how to promote your clients to these employers, and overcome barriers to employment
  • Reviewing what training and industry credentials might be beneficial for these jobs
  • Providing a list of resources for potential funding of adaptive equipment and modifications, Assistive Technology, job and technical support
    This Workshop will benefit farmers, agricultural businesses and landscapers by:
  • Connecting you with a dependable, hard-working and loyal workforce
  • Introducing you to disability services professionals who can offer support and resources for you and your employees
  • Reviewing potential tax credits for hiring individuals with disabilities, and potential tax incentives for providing accommodations and workplace accessibility 

    When the focus shifts from disability to ability, everyone benefits