Wyoming AgrAbility - Promoting success in agriculture for people with disabilities and their families

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Wyoming AgrAbility Services

Agriculture consistently ranks as one of the nation's most dangerous occupations. Wyoming has over 17,000 residents directly or indirectly involved in production agriculture. The combination of workplace hazards, a maturing ranch and farm population, and limited access to health information and care make the Wyoming agriculture sector particularly susceptible to health problems and work-related injuries.

Our Purpose:

AgrAbility is a program that provides education, networking, and assistance to ranchers, farmers, and agricultural workers with disabilities and their families, particularly any engaged in production agriculture who wants to continue ranching or farming.

Authorized by the 1990 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture initiated funding for state-level programs to provide help on accommodating disability in agriculture. Twenty-two states are currently operating within this funding and together make up the national effort known as the National AgrAbility Project.

As one of those states, Wyoming has created a partnership between the University of Wyoming through its Cooperative Extension Service, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), Wyoming Independent Living Rehabilitation (WILR), and Wyoming Services for Independent Living (WSIL). This partnership offers comprehensive assistance to individuals and their families who have been affected by a disability who also engage in farming, ranching, or agricultural-related activities

Building on the strength of nationwide information resources, along with a statewide network of agricultural, rural health, safety, and social agencies, Wyoming AgrAbility offers individual services for increasing self-sufficiency and maintained independence.

Services Provided:

The Wyoming AgrAbility Project is focused on promoting success in agriculture for people with disabilities and their families.

AgrAbility offers:
  • A toll-free information and referral hotline (866-395-4986)
  • A website with information relating to agriculture and links to information available on the internet
  • Networking with local agricultural and rehabilitation professionals
  • Equipment/worksite modification information
  • Referral of families to local service providers
  • Aid in locating Assistive Technology Resources and funding sources
  • Workshops, webinars, and other educational opportunities
  • Comprehensive information for farmers, ranchers, their family members, and the professionals who serve them
AgrAbility assists with
  • On-site assessments to determine adaptive requirements and recommendations
  • Equipment/worksite consultation
  • Job task restructuring
  • Safety awareness
  • Secondary injury awareness and prevention
Eligibility

Any Wyoming farmer, rancher, farm/ranch family member, or agricultural worker who has a disability or chronic health condition, regardless of the cause or onset of the condition, is eligible for AgrAbility services.

People eligible for AgrAbility services may have any type of acquired or traumatic disability-physical, cognitive, or sensory. Services are provided without regard to race, creed, gender, disability, or national origin.

Wyoming AgrAbility can assist those engaged in agriculture that have a disability or have a family member with a disability. Some disabilities may have been present at birth, while others may be the result of accidents, illness, or age-related conditions, and may include:

  • Arthritis
  • Amputations
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Visual impairment or blindness
  • Head injury
  • Hearing impairment
  • Heart problems
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Back pain or injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Respiratory problems
  • Paralysis
Cost for Service:

Does the rancher/farmer pay for AgrAbility services?

The information, referral services, and farm-site assessments are offered at no cost to the farmer or rancher. The cost of new equipment or modifications to current equipment, the farm operation, or the farm home are not typically covered with AgrAbility funds. Although some assistance with the cost of the equipment may be available from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) or the Wyoming Technical Assistance Program (WYTAP), the farmer/rancher is always asked to share the costs to the fullest extent possible.

Complete Confidentiality:

Wyoming AgrAbility is dedicated to maintaining client confidentiality. We will never use your information without your express permission and we will NEVER sell your information. We provide complete confidentiality with your records and information and want you to know that we understand the importance of your privacy.

Client-Centered Planning:

We practice client-centered planning. This means that we will involve you in every step of the planning process regarding your worksite assessment and decisions made based on the needs determined by your worksite assessment. We will not force you to make any adjustments that you cannot afford or do not wish to make. We are here to assist you and want to help you in making your worksite more accessible for you.