Maine AgrAbility at the Ag Trades Show

AgrAbility logoMaine AgrAbility focusing on Universal Design on the Farm at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show January 10, 11, 12, 2017

Universal Design recommendations are especially important in the agricultural setting where both household and occupational operations occur simultaneously, and where multiple household members are affected by modifications. The goal of using Universal Design concepts for the existing farmstead is not to entirely redesign the farmstead, but to make a range of changes that result in the farmstead being a comfortable, user friendly, and a safer place to live and work.

Maine AgrAbility will have an exhibit booth providing some hands on examples of things that can be done on the farm around Universal Design including task lighting, portable and adaptable tools, ideas for hauling small loads, handles and latches, and other ideas for the:  garage, farm shop, barn, feed or machine storage, or livestock facilities.

In addition, Maine AgrAbility will be providing the following talks:

  • Shadows of PTSD on the Farm: PTSD/TBI: Learning to develop resources to assist farmers, service providers, and business partners to work with PTSD/TBI as a disability not a disqualifier.  Wednesday 1/11/17   1- 2PM. United Farmer Veterans, Maine AgrAbility; Brain Injury Association of America, Maine Chapter.
  • Keeping Kids Safe on the Farm: Learn what to look for in the environment, what to expect from kids at different ages, and ways to stay safe working with and/or around children.  Thursday 1/12/17   9 – 10:30 AM.  University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Maine AgrAbility.
  • Universal Design: Adapting farm equipment and processes as your body ages or changes.  Thursday 1/12/17   10 to 11 AM.  Ellen Gibson, AgrAbility Specialist – Goodwill of Northern New England; Jill Johanning, AIA   – Access Design Specialist – Alpha One; Ketra S. Crosson, OTR/L – AgrAbility Specialist – Alpha One.

The Maine Agricultural Trades Show is being held at the Augusta Civic Center.  It is free and open to the public.

AgrAbility is a national program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides assistance for farmers, farm workers and farm families with chronic health conditions or disabilities.  Our goal is to help you to continue to farm successfully and live independently.  Maine AgrAbility is administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and Alpha One.

FMI, contact:

Lani Carlson
Project Coordinator, Maine AgrAbility Program
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
207.944.1533 or  1.800.287.1471 (in state only)