For the AgrAbility program, a person with a disability is defined as an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as work, daily living and education.
The help you need to keep farming.
The agricultural industry can present unique challenges, so our services cover a wide range of opportunities available to you at no cost.
- Identifying farmers, veterans or farmworkers with disabilities and/or chronic diseases and referring them to appropriate resources.
- Conducting FREE onsite farm assessments to identify barriers to complete essential everyday tasks in the agricultural workplace.
- Recommending safe equipment or devices, efficient work practices and other effective solutions to overcome limitations.
- Providing educational opportunities and informational resources on a variety of topics through workshops, conferences, seminars and online programs.
- Referring clients to other service providers for potential assistance (e.g., counseling, educational, financial, occupational, rehabilitative) specific to the client’s needs.
Illinois AgrAbility involves Extension educators, disability experts, rural professionals, and volunteers who work in partnership to provide the unique assistance you may need to stay working and enjoying life.
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Back impairments
- Brain injury
- Visual impairments
- Hearing impairments
- Disabling diseases
- Cerebral palsy
- Respiratory impairments
- Head injury
The Illinois AgrAbility Project does not provide direct funding or equipment; however, the project works with the Illinois Assistive Technology Program, Community Health Partnership of Illinois, and other third party funding sources to help customers potentially obtain needed assistive technologies, adapted devices, or modifications.
Assistive technology consists of practices, devices, tools, modifications, processes and a special knowledge of science and engineering that are used to enable a person to perform a desired task. In the context of this program, assistive technology enables a person with a disability to complete desired tasks within an agricultural setting.