Indiana AgrAbility Project / Breaking New Ground Outreach Program
Easterseals Crossroads is excited to partner with Indiana AgrAbility to increase access to and awareness of assistive technology information and services to farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers in Indiana.
Indiana AgrAbility is a USDA-sponsored program that assists farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. While the term “disability” often brings to mind conditions such as spinal cord injuries and amputations, AgrAbility addresses not only these but also many other conditions, such as arthritis, back impairments, and behavioral health issues.
Through education and assistance and direct services, AgrAbility helps to eliminate (or at least minimize) obstacles that inhibit success in production agriculture or agriculture-related occupations.
Why does the program have two names? Purdue University began serving farmers with disabilities in 1979, and the program became known as Breaking New Ground. Later, in 1990, Congress created the AgrAbility Program, and Breaking New Ground received the grant to lead the Indiana AgrAbility Project. Therefore, since some people know the program as Breaking New Ground and others as AgrAbility, both names are used.
Learn more about the program
Indiana Agrability Resources:
- Bridging Horizons
- Contact Us
- National AgrAbility Project
- National AT Toolbox Database