Ned Stoller, Michigan AgrAbility Assistive Technology Specialist, "I've been doing AgrAbility work for 13 years from the Ohio River to Lake Superior. This workday was one of the highlights of my career. To have a group of six guys from Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity spend a day on the farm with a young guy who just had a spinal cord injury, adapting 3 tractors with special steps, handrails, and hand control lever on the clutch. It was a wonderful day!”
Mobility Vehicles-voice over by Ned Stoller, Michigan AgrAbility. "When would you recommend a 'mobility vehicle' for a farmer? What should I look for in a good 'mobility vehicle'? What tasks can a 'mobility vehicle do that would be difficult to accomplish without it? Why might a 'mobility vehicle' be better for a farmer than a wheelchair?
Having a disability doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up farming. In fact, there are many assistive technologies available to help farmers keep working the land. Recently many of those systems were on display at an event in Tifton. The Monitor’s Mark Wildman has the story. #AgrAbility
What does an Agricultural Assistive Technology Specialist do? First he will identify essential activities at the farm site, followed by a tour. Assessments help farm workers and owners determine which assistive technologies and strategies will improve functioning on the job in spite of a disabling condition. Without an assessment, a farmer and his employees may not be aware of the many ways to make the worksite accessible to a person with a disability.
Connect The Dots. “At Michigan AgrAbility a lot of the time it seems we are playing- Connect the Dots,” said Ned Stoller, agricultural assistive technology specialist. What does a firehose, a fraternity, and Hot Roddin Zip have to do with each other? This is the story of one farmer’s need and how Michigan State University Alpha Gamma Rho TAU Chapter and an anonymous donor met that need.