The Arthritis Foundation, Indiana Chapter is committed to being involved as a four-year nonprofit, disability related partner supporting the mission of the USDA National AgrAbility Project. Our goal is to provide education and support of agricultural professionals and their families who have been affected by arthritis so that a farmer, rancher, or farm worker may continue to live a productive life in agriculture.
The vision of AgrAbility is to enable a lifestyle of high quality for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America.
For this target audience, “success” may be defined by many parameters, including: gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access to appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, evidence-based information related to the treatment and rehabilitation of disabling conditions, and targeted support for family caregivers of AgrAbility clients.
AgrAbility addresses a wide variety of disabling conditions in agriculture, including, but not limited to:
AgrAbility is a USDA-sponsored program that assists farmers, ranchers, other agricultural workers, and family members impacted by disability.
AgrAbility consists of the National AgrAbility Project (NAP) and the State/Regional AgrAbility Projects (SRAP’s). Both the National AgrAbility Project and the State and Regional AgrAbility Projects must be partnerships between a land grant university and at least one non-profit disability organization. The Arthritis Foundation-Indiana Chapter is a funded non-profit partner in the National AgrAbility Project as well as the Indiana AgrAbilty project, allowing for a portion of the projects to be focused on arthritis as a disability in agriculture.