AgrAbility Helps Ag Workers with Disabilities

AgrAbility Helps Ag Workers with Disabilities

Rick Worthington
Rick Worthington
AgrAbility Helps Ag Workers with Disabilities

It's a question that maybe doesn't come up as often as it should.

How do you help agricultural workers with disabilities?

Thats where the The National AgrAbility Project comes in.

Brad Rein of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture says "AgrAbility" programs can be used to assist farmers and ranchers with disabilities with their daily operations.

The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America. For this target audience, "success" may be defined by many parameters, including: gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation; access to appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities; evidence-based information related to the treatment and rehabilitation of disabling conditions; and targeted support for family caregivers of AgrAbility customers. AgrAbility addresses a wide variety of disabling conditions in agriculture, including, but not limited to:


Spinal cord injuries/paralysis

Back impairments


Brain injury

Visual impairments

Hearing impairments

Disabling diseases

Cerebral palsy

Respiratory impairments

Head injury

Priorities of AgrAbility

In fulfilling this mission, AgrAbility:

Develops service capacity through innovative educational programs designed to advance individual capabilities, adapt new technologies, and deliver program content through appropriate educational venues

Encourages networking to facilitate information sharing, the provision of services, and funding from individuals or organizations not employed by AgrAbility

Provides direct services to agricultural workers through individual consultations and other means.

AgrAbility says their vision is to enhance the quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers.

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