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Agricultural Assistive Technology Reutilization Web Resource

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2008 Providence, Rhode Island, June 29 – July 2, 2008  083907.(doi:10.13031/2013.24745)
Authors:   Ronald T Schuler, Mark E Novak
Keywords:   AgrAbility, disability, farmers and ranchers with disabilities, farm workers with disabilities, farming with a handicap, disabled farmers, assistive technology, farm equipment modification, reuse of assistive technology

The Wisconsin AgrAbility Project, with grant funding from Rehabilitative Service Administration, Office of Education and Rehabilitative Services (USDOE), proposed a project to develop an agricultural assistive technology (AT) reutilization resource. Initially targeted for Wisconsin farmers with disabilities, the goal of the project was to develop an easy-to-use online farmer-to-farmer web resource. The web resource was designed to provide a site where farmers could post serviceable, but no longer used AT equipment, which would then be offered/shared/sold to other Wisconsin farmers with disabilities. If the web resource was properly developed and marketed, hopefully the end result would be a reduction in unused AT equipment. This paper will discuss the development and show example web pages from an early prototype of the AT reuse web resource.

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