Assistive technology (AT) is defined as any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. For agricultural workers with disabilities or chronic health conditions, many solutions exist, including manufactured devices or structures, modified work practices, and do-it-yourself plans. The Missouri AgrAbility Project provides many resources for identifying, locating, obtaining, and fabricating (AT).
The following links take you to various resources associated with assistive technologies or adapted devices:
AbleData provides an online database of objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. AbleData is an excellent source of information to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers.
Assistive Technology: The Tool Box, Assistive Technology Database
The Toolbox: Agricultural Tools, Equipment, Machinery & Buildings for Farmers and Ranchers with Physical Disabilities is a resource that contains assistive technology solutions for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. You can search the Toolbox to find:
- Designs and Ideas
- Techniques and Suggestions
This resource is based upon the print and CD versions of the product bearing the same name, published by the Breaking New Ground Resource Center (BNG). The new online has added features, such as enhanced search and browse capabilities, video clips, hyperlinks to the web sites of product suppliers, full-color photographs, and continuously updated solution fact sheets.
An assistive technology database and resource materials are provided at this site by the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.
The Center for Universal Design
The Center for Universal Design is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.
Many car manufacturers today are becoming more aware of the needs of disabled drivers. Below, you will find links to several auto manufacturers that offer assistance to the unique needs of disabled drivers. All those listed below have a financial assistance program where up to $1,000 is available to consumers to modify new vehicles purchased directly from a registered dealer.
In addition to new car dealers, check with local used car dealerships as well. Used dealers will occasionally acquire a car that has already been modified. They will often sell these vehicles at a reduced price.
DW Auto & Home Mobility located in Columbia, Missouri, is a business that works with disabled individuals to modify vehicles to best suit the individual's unique needs.
Missouri Assistive Technology
The Missouri Assistive Technology operates an Equipment Technology Consortium (ETC) short-term assistive technology equipment loan program for school districts and agencies in Missouri; offers three programs that assist in providing low-cost assistive technology to individuals with disabilities; and supports 8 assistive technology demonstration centers across the state of Missouri.
National Public Website
National Public Website on Assistive Technology is provided by Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of America
The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), is a professional society for individuals and organizations interested in the field of disability and technology.
Adapting Motor Vehicles for Persons with Disabilities
Information on selecting the right vehicle, choosing a qualified dealer to modify your vehicle, being trained, and maintaining your vehicle so you can avoid costly mistakes when purchasing or modifying a vehicle with adaptive equipment. Presentation (.pdf)
TTY Resources PowerPoint Presention
This presentation contains information on TTY Resources for those with hearing impairments.
The Missouri AgrAbility Project and this product is supported by funds from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) under Sponsor Project Number 2009-41590-05431.
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