Webinar: Farming Smarter with Assistive Technology

Date: March 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Program Description

AgrAbility logoThis presentation discusses the use of common assistive technologies within the farm setting.  This webinar will focus on how AT can be expanded for use in a farm setting, enabling a farmer to work smarter. A variety of assistive technology will be presented, discussing potential impacts on a farmer’s physical and mental health, as well as impacting their farm business productivity.

Participants will learn:

  • About ways assistive technology can help farmers work smarter and increase productivity
  • Where farmers can see and borrow some assistive technology devices
  • How to pay for assistive technology.


Kelley Spencer, COTA/L, ATP, DSP. Maine Assistive Technology Solutions

Kelley SpencerKelley Spencer is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who is also a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Practitioner. She has served people with disabilities all her life. She grew up farming in central Maine. Her family home was also a home and day program for adults with intellectual disabilities. She worked as an independent living specialist and regional manager for Alpha One’s Bangor and Presque Isle offices for 17 years. She oversaw the AgrAbility project which works with farmers with disabilities to continue to farm, in part through the use of assistive technologies. She led her team in the Homeward Bound project assisting many to move from nursing facilities back into their communities. Kelley chaired and co-chaired the State of Maine’s Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council for 8 years. She served on the AgrAbility advisory board. She developed Goodwill’s Assistive Technology Program for 3 years before leaving to open her own business. She now owns and  operates Maine Assistive Technology Solutions.

Leilani Carlson, Maine AgrAbility Project Coordinator

Lani Carlson

Leilani (Lani) Carlson has a BS in engineering and more than 15 years in the private industry focusing on environmental remediation systems and data, as well as health and safety. Lani has been the Maine AgrAbility project coordinator since 2012. She and her family live on a small farm in central Maine. Her varied educational and life experiences provide a solid base to assist farmers in Maine to overcome barriers or limitations and continue to work safely and successfully.


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Certificates of Attendance

Participants attending the live webinar will receive a link to a short program evaluation form at the end of the presentation. Certificates of Attendance will be sent (via e-mail) to those who have completed this evaluation form.


CART captioning is provided for all Maine CITE webinars. If you need an additional accommodation to participate in this webinar, please contact Maine CITE Program on or before March 16, 2021 via e-mail at iweb@mainecite.org or by calling 207-621-3195 or Maine Relay 711.


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