AgrAbility

Who are we?Alaska AgrAbility Logo

We are a joint partnership promoting independence for people in agriculture who want to continue farming and ranching with a disabling condition. As part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, AgrAbility partners land-grant university Extension services with nonprofit disability organizations like Goodwill, Easterseals, and centers for independent living.

 What does AgrAbility do?

The vision of AgrAbility is to enable a high quality lifestyle for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. Through education and assistance, AgrAbility helps to eliminate (or at least minimize) obstacles that block success in production agriculture or agriculture-related occupations.  

Photo courtesy of the National AgrAbility Project

Who does AgrAbility serve?

AgrAbility serves those agricultural workers who are limited by any type of physical, cognitive, or illness-related disability, such as:

  • Amputation
  • Arthritis
  • back impairment
  • deafness/hearing impairment
  • developmental disabilities, such as cerebral palsy or autism
  • disabling diseases, such as cancer or heart disease
  • mental/behavioral health problems
  • respiratory diseases
  • spinal cord injuries
  • stroke traumatic brain injury
  • visual impairment

 

What services does AgrAbility provide?

AgrAbility offers the following services at no cost to customers:

  • Conducting on-site assessments to identify barriers to completing tasks both in the agricultural workplace and the home.
  • Recommending appropriate assistive technologies (equipment/tools/devices), modified work practices, and/or other possible solutions to overcoming disability-related limitations.
  • Providing access to informational materials on a variety of topics related to disability and agriculture.
  • Providing education/training opportunities through workshops, conferences, seminars, and on-line programs.
  • Referring customers to other service providers for potential assistance (e.g., financial, rehabilitative, educational) specific to the clients’ needs.
  • Arranging for peer support opportunities that connect customers with others who have successfully accommodated their disabilities.
  • Assisting military veterans seeking employment in agriculture-related occupations.

AgrAbility does not provide direct funding or equipment. However, AgrAbility projects often work with state Vocational Rehabilitation departments and other funding sources to help customers obtain needed assistive technologies and modifications.


For more information, contact DeShana York
AgrAbility Statewide Coordinator
UAF Cooperative Extension Service
3600 Denali Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
ddyork@alaska.edu
907-786-6330