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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) is defined as any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. (Assistive Technology Act of 1998).

The Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN) and the Kentucky AgrAbility program have video library of AT for spinal cord injuries.  This video shows how to transfer to a lawnmower, allowing the person to work around the farm independently.

This video shows how to transfer to a golf cart, allowing chores to be done around the farm.

Other informational videos are available on their site.



AT from the Agricultural Trades Show

NEW! National AgrAbility YouTube Channel

AT Spotlight from the NAP Toolbox

Cold is everywhere this time of year and along with it comes ice….

The Thermosink Energy-Free Livestock Waterer.  The water is either pumped or gravity-fed to the main tank that has a water-level float, and then flows into the bowl tank from which the animals drink.  Self-circulation keeps the water fresh.  This tool may be especially beneficial for people with strength or endurance limitations.


Maine Resources

Maine CITE Program is Maine Department of Education’s statewide organization designed to help make assistive and universally designed technology more available to Maine children and adults who need them.

ALLTech’s mission is to identify and provide technology solutions to the educational, daily living, communication, and workplace challenges experienced by people of all ages and abilities. ALLTech™ promotes the use of technology that enables individuals to lead full and independent lives.

National Resources

A comprehensive database of assistive technology ideas from the National AgrAbility Project website.  The Toolbox: Assistive Technology Database is a resource that contains assistive technology solutions for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities.

The National Public Website on Assistive Technology provides AT resources and devices that are organized by function or disability.

The Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access provides resources and information about assistive and universally designed technologies in real world environments.

These links are provided purely for educational purposes. No responsibility is assumed for any content on the linked site.

Image Description: A face-down a strawberry harvester. It reduces repetitive stress injuries and back problems in the strawberry fields.

Image Description: thermosink waterer

Image Description: Maine Cite: Enriching lives through assistive and universally designed technology

Image Description: ALLTech™: Where Technology is about People

Image Description: The Toolbox: Assistive Technology Database

Image Description: National Public Website on Assistive Technology

Image Description: CATEA: Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access


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Maine AgrAbility
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104
Falmouth, Maine 04105
Phone: 207.944.1533 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine)E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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