How do you mount a tractor when you have only one leg? Can you build a barn that is accessible by wheelchair? Is technology available so a farmer can continue to work after developing arthritis or surviving a stroke? These are the kinds of questions the AgrAbility Project and Breaking New Ground answer every day!
Breaking New Ground at Purdue University has the largest collection of agriculturally-focused disability and rehabilitation information. They maintain a huge collection of technology data including descriptions of unique equipment, modifications to existing equipment, photographs, and more. Their Toolbox includes more than 500 product descriptions, case studies, and resource lists. Other products include worksite assessment toolkits, guides for enterprise and business development, directories of builders and service providers, newsletters, and tons more information. You’ll find BNG online at http://cobweb.ecn.purdue.edu/~agenhtml/ABE/Extension/BNG/Resource%20Center/resourcecenter.html
BNG manages the AgrAbility Project:
The AgrAbility Project was created to assist people with disabilities employed in agriculture. The project links the Cooperative Extension Service at a land-grant university with a private nonprofit disability service organization to provide practical education and assistance that promotes independence in agricultural production and rural living. The AgrAbility Project assists people involved in production agriculture who work both on small and large operations.
The 22 regional projects work to build capacity in rural communities by linking farmers, organizations, and agencies. They provide technical assistance to farmers and their communities, and even assist in developing and modifying equipment.
Information on the AgrAbility Project, including state contacts, is available at http://www.agrabilityproject.org/index.cfm