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Extending Universal Design Principles onto the Farmstead

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  1009992.(doi:10.13031/2013.30039)
Authors:   S Dee Jepsen, Kent R McGuire
Keywords:   Farming, AgrAbility, Universal Design, assistive technology

Universal Design is a term used to describe a product or environment that has been modified for a widespread application and can be used by a majority of people. The essence of Universal Design is that it appeals to individuals' changing needs over a lifetime, and does not necessarily accommodate only those persons with a disability. The primary purpose is to enhance functionality for that particular environment with a minimal amount of effort. In the agricultural setting, the AgrAbility program utilizes features of Universal Design to transform the farmstead for disabled workers and their families. The Program combines knowledge from the assistive technology discipline with the practical needs of a farmstead environment. Universal Design is a good match for this environment where there is both household and occupational operations occurring simultaneously, and where multiple household members are affected by the modifications.

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