Extension Rural Rehabilitation Specialists
The Rural Rehabilitation Specialists are UT Extension area specialists that provide education and on-farm assistance to farmers and their family members, as well as a variety of disability awareness education programs for agricultural and medical professionals and the general public.

East Tennessee:
Eileen Legault
Eastern Region AgrAbility
1801 Downtown West Blvd
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

West Tennessee:
Joetta T. White
UT Gibson County Extension
1252 Manufacturers Row
Trenton, TN 37125

Nonprofit Partners
When authorizing USDA funding for the AgrAbility Project, Congress required that the projects include nonprofit disability services organizations in the work plan.  These organizations have experience with various aspects of disabilities that Extension traditionally has not addressed, and they serve as valuable assets to help Extension serve the needs of people with disabilities.  Our nonprofit partner is:

East Tennessee Technology Access Center (ETTAC)
116 Childress Street
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-219-0130 (voice/TTY)


Occupational Therapy Instructor
The TSU Occupational Therapy program trains professionals that help individuals perform activities of daily life, such as self-care skills or work skills.  Our nonprofit partner is:

Cathleen St. Dennis, OTD, OTR/L- Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Tennessee State University
Department of Occupational Therapy
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209

Project Directors

In addition to managing the reporting requirements for the project, the project directors assist Rural Rehabilitation Specialists with education and outreach activities.  They also provide technical assistance.

University of Tennessee Extension
Tim Prather
Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department
UT Extension
2506 E J Chapman Dr
Knoxville, TN 37996-4531

Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension

Finis Stribling
Small Farms Outreach Coordinator
TSU Cooperative Extension Program
115 Maury County Office Building
10 Public Square - Matthews Blds
Columbia, TN 38401

National AgrAbility Project
The National AgrAbility Project provides training and assistance for the state and regional projects, and hosts an annual National Training Workshop for AgrAbility staff.  The current National AgrAbility Project is based at Purdue University and associated with the Breaking New Ground project

National AgrAbility Project
National AgrAbility Project
Breaking New Ground Resource Center
Purdue University
ABE Bldg., 225 South University Street
West Lafayette IN 47907-2093