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Evaluation of Wisconsin AgrAbility and Vocational Rehabilitation Relationship. R. T. Schuler, R. J. Straub, P. Leverenz and R. H. Meyer 2010 AgrAbility National Training Workshop Charleston, WV October 11-14, 2010. AgrAbility of Wisconsin. AgrAbility Program.

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Evaluation of wisconsin agrability and vocational rehabilitation relationship

Evaluation of Wisconsin AgrAbility and Vocational Rehabilitation Relationship

R. T. Schuler, R. J. Straub,

P. Leverenz and R. H. Meyer

2010 AgrAbility National Training Workshop

Charleston, WV

October 11-14, 2010

AgrAbility of Wisconsin


Agrability program
AgrAbility Program Rehabilitation Relationship

Initiated USDA funding in 1991

Provides education and assistance to farmers and ranchers with disabilities.

Provides assistance through worksite assessment on the farm or ranch

Recommends assistive technology equipment for the farmers and ranchers

AgrAbility of Wisconsin is a collaboration of University of Wisconsin-Extension and Easter Seals Wisconsin


Wisconsin agrability program
Wisconsin AgrAbility Program Rehabilitation Relationship

Agriculture in Wisconsin is very diverse with respect to focus and size. It has a strong dairy/livestock component .

Since 1991, nearly 2000 clients have been served by AAW.

We have worked closely with Wisconsin DVR to provide their counselors training and to acquaint them with agricultural issues.


Common pieces of at equipment steps for tractors most common
Common Pieces of AT Equipment Rehabilitation RelationshipSteps for tractors-most common


Common pieces of at equipment utility vehicles
Common Pieces of AT Equipment Rehabilitation RelationshipUtility Vehicles


Common pieces of at equipment
Common Pieces of AT Equipment Rehabilitation Relationship

Seat and suspension

Manual feed cart


Common pieces of at equipment1
Common Pieces of AT Equipment Rehabilitation Relationship

Feed bin and auger

Milking systems

Powered feed cart


Agrability vocational rehabilitation study
AgrAbility – Vocational Rehabilitation Study Rehabilitation Relationship

Goals:

  • To determine the success of AgrAbility of Wisconsin (AAW) staff’s understanding of the farmer’s disability-related concerns and ability to listen to the farmers

  • To evaluate how well the AAW and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) staffs function as a team

  • To evaluate the involvement of the farmer in developing their worksite plan

  • To record how farmers viewed the success of their plan


Methods

Methods Rehabilitation Relationship

A survey instrument was developed in 2005

Surveys were mailed to farmers who received a on-site assessment three months after the site visit from April, 2005 through April 2010.

Easter Seals staff mailed the surveys with stamped return envelop

Completed surveys were sent to UW-Extension

Since August, 2007, client ID and State DVR region were footnoted on each survey

No mail or phone follow-up was done


Results
Results Rehabilitation Relationship

  • 394 surveys were mailed

  • 240 (60.9%) responses

  • 152 responses with client ID and State VR region


Farmer s view aaw staff understands my needs n 239
Farmer’s view: AAW staff understands my needs Rehabilitation Relationship(n-239)

Response Percent

Strongly Agree 66.5

Agree 29.3

Neither Agree or Disagree 4.2

Disagree 0.0

Strongly Disagree 0.0


Farmer s view aaw staff listened to my needs and desires n 239
Farmer’s view: AAW staff listened to my needs and desires Rehabilitation Relationship(n-239)

Response Percent

Strongly Agree 64.4

Agree 29.7

Neither Agree or Disagree 4.2

Disagree 1.7

Strongly Disagree 0.0


Farmer s view i was satisfied with my involvement in the worksite process n 231
Farmer’s view: I was satisfied with my involvement in the worksite process(n-231)

Response Percent

Strongly Agree 55.0

Agree 32.0

Neither Agree or Disagree 7.7

Disagree 2.6

Strongly Disagree 1.7


Farmer s view aaw and dvr staffs worked as a team n 233
Farmer’s view: AAW and DVR staffs worked as a team worksite process(n-233)

Response Percent

Strongly Agree 54.9

Agree 33.6

Neither Agree or Disagree 7.3

Disagree 3.4

Strongly Disagree 0.9


Farmer s view dvr counselor left room for change or additions to my plan n 223
Farmer’s view: DVR counselor left room for change or additions to my plan(n-223)

Response Percent

Complete control 46.6

Some control 35.0

Not much control 9.4

No control 1.8

No opinion 7.2


Farmer s view dvr counselor left room for making purchases n 228
Farmer’s view: DVR counselor left room for making purchases(n-228)

Response Percent

Complete control 35.5

Some control 43.4

Not much control 12.7

No control 4.8

No opinion 3.5


Farmer s view how do you think your plan is working on your farm n 230
Farmer’s view: How do you think your plan is working on your farm(n-230)

Response Percent

A very good match 56.1

A work in progress 26.1

Plan is not really working 3.0

Not enough time to tell 12.2

No opinion 2.6


Farmer s view is equipment provided working as you had hoped n 225
Farmer’s view: Is equipment provided working as you had hoped(n-225)

Response Percent

Working very well 63.1

It is working okay 12.4

It is not working well 1.3

It does not work at all 0.4

I have not been able to use 20.4

No opinion 2.2


Farmer s view it is easier to complete my chores and tasks around the farm n 213
Farmer’s view: It is easier to complete my chores and tasks around the farm(n-213)

Response Percent

Strongly Agree 63.8

Agree 19.2

Neither Agree or Disagree 4.2

Disagree 0.5

Strongly Disagree 4.2

No opinion 8.0


Farmer s view aaw and dvr staff working as a team for three dvr regions percent
Farmer’s view: AAW and DVR staff working as a team for three DVR regions(Percent)

Region

Response 6 (n-42) 8 (n-26) 9(n-34) All(233)

Strongly Agree 69.0 65.4 55.9 54.9

Agree 21.4 23.1 26.5 33.6

Neither 2.4 7.7 11.8 7.3

Disagree 7.1 3.8 2.9 3.4

Strongly Disagree 0.0 0.0 2.9 0.9


Farmer’s view: Farmer’s view: I was satisfied with my involvement in the worksite process for three DVR regions(Percent)

Region

Response 6 (n-41) 8 (n-25) 9(n-33) All(231)

Strongly Agree 58.5 60.0 57.6 55.0

Agree 29.3 28.0 27.3 32.0

Neither 4.9 8.0 9.1 7.4

Disagree 7.3 4.0 0.0 2.6

Strongly Disagree 0.0 0.0 6.1 1.7


Conclusions
Conclusions involvement in the worksite process for three DVR regions

AAW understands farmer’s needs and listens well

AAW and DVR staffs work as a team

Farmers provide input into the plans and purchases

The worksite plan and equipment are working on the farm

Chores and other work tasks are easier to complete

Mailing of surveys continues


Copies of paper including survey instrument provided by request. Please provide name/email on signup sheet.


Questions
Questions request. Please provide name/email on signup sheet.


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