Brzozowski Represents Maine AgrAbility in Roundtable with Senator King

Richard Brzozowski, project director of Maine AgrAbility, took part in a roundtable discussion with U.S. Sen. Angus King on how to help Mainers with disabilities enter the workforce.

During the event held Nov. 13 with other business leaders and disability advocates, King announced five new proposals to improve federal policy and increase employment opportunities for Mainers with disabilities.

“I appreciate the leadership role Sen. King and his staff are initiating to better understand the challenges for Mainers living with a disability,” Brzozowski said in a written statement (PDF).

“Maine AgrAbility, a statewide outreach of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, provides resources to assist agricultural workers, farmers, fishermen and loggers living and working with a disability or chronic illness.

“With increased awareness and development of funding streams and partnership opportunities, Maine AgrAbility, along with other state agencies, can make a difference for people with disabilities, providing a better chance to live independently with enhanced quality of life and improved financial sustainability.”

AgrAbility is a nationwide U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded program established to assist farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers and farm family members affected by a limiting health condition. In Maine, the program is a nonprofit partnership between the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and Alpha One.

A full news release is on King’s website.