ERIC Number: ED425901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
AgrAbility Project: Promoting Success in Agriculture for People with Disabilities and Their Families.
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
The AgrAbility Project offers education and assistance to farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with physical and mental disabilities. The project also eliminates barriers and creates a favorable climate among rural service providers for people with disabilities. Disabilities and conditions covered are listed. Examples of the project's benefits include new or modified equipment for a Kentucky paraplegic farmer and a Minnesota farmer with nerve damage, and a sign language interpreter to help a hearing impaired farmer and his family in Wisconsin. Services provided by AgrAbility include assessing work sites and suggesting modifications, suggesting equipment adaptation and task restructuring, mobilizing and coordinating community resources and services, facilitating rural independent living, coordinating peer counseling and support groups, and stressing agricultural safety and prevention of secondary injury. Partnerships and networking involve extension services and private, nonprofit disability service organizations, as well as community groups and volunteers. The national program is carried out jointly by Purdue University's Breaking New Ground Resource Center and the National Easter Seal Society, while the Cooperative Extension Service is responsible for overall project administration. Projects in 22 states are listed. (Includes photographs.) (SAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.