AgrAbility is a national program aimed at helpi ng farmers, farm workers and farm family members with chronic health conditions or disabilities continue to farm successfully and live independently. Goodwill now offers this program in Maine through a collaboration with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Alpha One.
There are an estimated 5,700 farmers and farm workers in Maine with a chronic health condition or disability. The program addresses a variety of disabling conditions, such as
- Back Impairments
- Brain Injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Respiratory ailments
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Visual and hearing impairments
Maine AgrAbility provides technical assistance and consultation services such as suggestions for modifying or adapting agricultural operations, buildings, equipment or tools. The program also works with rural agriculture, rehabilitation and health care professionals to support Maine farmers with disabilities and their families. Maine AgrAbility also seeks to share information and resources across the state through networking activities.