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Dr. Angela Hissong Heads Valuable Free Program for Area Farmers

4/3/2009 —

(Mont Alto, PA)—Penn State Mont Alto wants area farmers to know that the AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians program that helps farmers and their family members regain independence following an injury or long-term health condition is here and it’s a free resource available to them. AgrAbility helps farmers and farm family members who are coping with many different kinds of physical challenges including arthritis, stroke, knee and back problems, amputations, vision and hearing disabilities, and many others.  The project is funded through a grant of the United States Department of Agriculture. In Pennsylvania, the project partners include Penn State University Cooperative Extension, Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation.

Dr. Angela Hissong, a professor of Occupational Therapy (OT) at Penn State Mont Alto, is the AgrAbility OT Training Program Coordinator for the region and state. She coordinates an educationally-related goal of the program to provide students with a guided academic agenda that will assist them in understanding and employing alternative/progressive strategies to increase effectiveness as rehabilitation professionals.  She is also available to assist farmers and their family members in finding out how AgrAbility for Pennsylvania can help them.

Penn State Mont Alto offers an associate-degree program in Occupational Therapy. This degree prepares graduates to be occupational therapy assistants who are qualified to be employed by agencies that provide occupational therapy services.  OTs are a critical part of the recovery and growth process for millions of people each day.

Additionally, April is nationally recognized as Occupational Therapy Month.  More information about AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians may also be found online at http://AgExtEd.cas.psu.edu/agrab/.  To visit Penn State Mont Alto and learn more about our OT program, please call 717-479-6000.

Local farmers, organizations and agencies can contact Dr. Angela Hissong at Penn State Mont Alto at 717-597-2594 or ahn1@psu.edu.

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