About Florida AgrAbility
What is AgrAbility?
Florida AgrAbility is a partnership between the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF). AgrAbility is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that aids farmers, ranchers, other agricultural workers, and farm family members living with a disability. The main objective of the Florida AgrAbility Project is to assist farmers in overcoming barriers caused by disabilities and health conditions to continue farming.
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Who is eligible?
Floridians with a disability or a long-term health condition who reside on a farm or ranch, or who are engaged in farming, fishing, or forestry may be eligible for AgrAbility services.
A disability is any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interacts with the world around them (participation restrictions) (CDC, 2020). Examples of a disability may include, but are not limited to:
- back impairment
- deafness/hard of hearing
- 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
- traumatic brain injury
- visual impairments
- on-site assessments to identify barriers to completing tasks both in the agricultural workplace and the home
- recommendations for assistive technologies (equipment/tools/devices), modified work practices, and/or other possible solutions to overcoming disability-related limitations
- access to resources and informational materials on a variety of topics related to disability and agriculture
- education/training opportunities through workshops, conferences, seminars, and on-line programs
- referrals to other service providers for potential assistance (e.g., financial, rehabilitative, educational) specific to the clients’ needs.
*AgrAbility does not provide direct funding or equipment
Information About This Project:
Florida AgrAbility is a joint effort of the University of Florida, UF/IFAS Extension, and the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF). This material is based upon the work supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under special project number #2022-41590-38122.