“Help Ohio's farmers who are coping with a disability.” - Ohio AgrAbility

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“Help Ohio’s
farmers who
are coping with
a disability.”
Ohio AgrAbility Program Team
Dee Jepsen
, Ph.D., Program Director

The Ohio State University

Phone: (614) 292-6008

Kent McGuire
, Education Program Coordinator

The Ohio State University

Phone: (614) 292-0588

John Zeller
, Rural Rehabilitation Coordinator

Easter Seals Work Resource Center

Phone: (513) 616-2102

David Dreith
, Vice President of Workforce Solutions

Easter Seals Work Resource Center

Phone: (513) 386-6801

Pat Luchkowsky
, Director of Public Affairs

Easter Seals of Ohio

Phone: (440) 967-4103

Please donate today!
If you would like to make a contribution to the Ohio AgrAbility
Program, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us or fill
out the form in this brochure to send us your information.

Ohio AgrAbility Program

The Ohio State University

Agricultural Engineering Bldg.

590 Woody Hayes Dr.

Columbus, OH 43210

(614) 292-0588

Ohio State University Extension embraces human diversity and is
committed to ensuring that all research and related educational
programs are available to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status.
This statement is in accordance with United States Civil Rights Laws
and the USDA.
Keith L. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Agricultural
Administration and Director, Ohio State University Extension
TDD No. 800-589-8292 (Ohio only) or 614-292-1868
Return this form to the following:
Ohio AgrAbility Program
Attn: Kent McGuire
The Ohio State University
Agricultural Engineering Bldg.
590 Woody Hayes Dr.
Columbus, OH 43210
Donations of any size are appreciated. All gifts
to the Ohio AgrAbility Program are gifts to
The Ohio State University and, as such, are tax
exempt to the extent permitted by the law.
Make checks payable to the
The Ohio State University
(On the memo line, please write Ohio AgrAbility
Fund #313467.)
Make donations online:
Log on to
, and click the
red “give now” tab. Then, search for “Ohio
What is Ohio AgrAbility?
The Ohio AgrAbility Program promotes success
in agriculture for Ohio’s farmers and farm
families who are coping with a disability or a
long-term health condition. We are part of a
national program that promotes independence
for people in agriculture who want to continue
to farm after experiencing a disabling condition.
Our program’s goal is to provide assistive
technology, universal design, education, and
resources to those individuals and their families
so that they can continue to be successful in
agriculture. The Ohio State University has
partnered with Easter Seals to promote this
program at the local level.
Why is there a need?
Agriculture consistently ranks as one of the
nation’s most dangerous occupations. Each year,
agricultural workers in Ohio experience injuries
that limit their ability to perform essential tasks.
Some acquire disabilities through off-farm
incidents, illness, or health problems such as
heart disease, arthritis, or cancer. Senior farmers
often experience limitations such as decreased
vision or hearing and loss of strength. By
helping these people maintain productivity, the
Ohio AgrAbility Program helps promote success
in Ohio’s agricultural sector.
Who benefits?
The Ohio AgrAbility Program assists those
engaged in agriculture who have a disability.
Some disabilities may be present at birth, while
others may be a result of an incident, illness, or
age-related condition. Through the help of Ohio
AgrAbility, farmers with physical limitations can
continue to maintain productivity and do what
they love to do—farm.
Why should I donate?
Your contribution will help the Ohio AgrAbility
Program provide to farmers with a disability all
of the following services:

On-site assessment and technical

Assistive technology, which includes any
kind of device, modification, or service
that will help a person with a disability
work and live more independently

Universal design, which is a broad-
spectrum solution that produces
buildings, products, and environments
that are usable and effective for everyone

Community-based events regarding rural
health care, secondary injury prevention,
and farming with a disability

Peer support activities
What is the direct impact of
my donation?
Your contribution will help the Ohio AgrAbility
Program provide to farmers with physical
limitations all of the following equipment and

Modified steps or handles

Hand controls

Lever extensions

Outdoor mobility aids

Motorized lifts

Smooth ground surfaces of entryways—
without stairs

Large handles on buckets, utensils, and

Lever handles for doors rather than knobs
that twist

Light switches with large flat panels rather
than toggle switches

Accessible cabinets, storage spaces, and
work stations



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