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Assistive Technology

Modifications for agricultural worksites vary depending on the type of disability and farm operation. The majority of AgrAbility clients in Pennsylvania have sustained deterioration of joints, arthritis and back injuries from years of farming.

The Assistive Technology Act of 2004 defines an assistive technology (AT) device as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities with disabilities." (29 U.S.C.Sec 2202(2))

The term "assistive technology service" means any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Such term includes evaluations, purchasing or leasing, training, selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, repairing an AT device.

Examples of Modifications

Mobility Aides

Mobility aides of various types are available for farm operations to reduce the strain on knees and hips when walking on uneven terrain. Farmers use utility vehicles to check fences, monitor plant growth, bring in cows for milking, and haul supplies.

Mobility Aide

Automatic Hitching Systems

Automatic hitching systems are extremely valuable for a farmer with joint injury and/or arthritis in his/her knees and hips. Frequently, this farmer has difficulty getting on and off of the tractor and the quick attach hitches enable them to hitch and unhitch wagons without getting off of the tractor. The hitching system not only reduces strain on joints, but also increases productivity.

Automatic Hitching System