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Evaluation of the Wisconsin AgrAbility and Vocational Rehabilitation Relationship

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

Citation:  2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010  1009469.(doi:10.13031/2013.29914)
Authors:   Ronald T Schuler, Richard J Straub, Robert H Meyer, Paul Leverenz
Keywords:   AgrAbility, disability, farmer, rancher, worksite assessment

Evaluation of the assistance provided to farmers with disabilities was completed for farmers who received a worksite assessment and plan from a partnership of AgrAbility of Wisconsin (AAW) and the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). The goal of the evaluation was to determine effectiveness of the worksite plan and the contribution to the farm operation. The evaluation was initiated in April, 2005 and is ongoing. The 240 farmers completed evaluation through April, 2010 with a 60.7 percent response rate. Farmers agree or strongly agree (ninety-four percent) the AAW staff listened and understood their needs and desires. Eighty-nine percent of the farmers agree or strongly agree the AAW and DVR staff work as a team. Eighty-four percent of the farmers agree or strongly agree that it is easier to complete their farm chores as a result of acquiring the assistive technology. Since September, 2007, data were identified by DVR district which permitted DVR administration to further evaluate their staff and to determine where additional training may be focused.

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