Working with Farmers & Ranchers with Disabilities: An AgrAbility Resource for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Date of Publication
July 15, 2021
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This course is designed to educate occupational therapy practitioners on how to improve OT services provided to farmers and ranchers with a disability. Modules cover assessment, agriculture tasks, hazard safety, common conditions, ergonomics, assistive technology, modifications, and resources.

Course Information

Farmers and ranchers are at risk of acquiring a disability. Occupational therapy (OT) practitioners require knowledge of agricultural occupations to address farmers' and ranchers' rehabilitation needs. However, there are a few educational resources available to practitioners. These modules are designed to inform occupational therapy practitioners, in all settings, on how to improve OT services provided to farmers and ranchers with a disability.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand basic farm culture, tasks, and hazards
  • assess the role of occupational therapists in agriculture settings
  • identify hazards, risks, and safety concerns in farm and ranch occupations
  • identify different types of agriculture and the common injuries associated with those fields
  • evaluate ergonomics and body mechanics of farmers and ranchers to prevent secondary injury
  • determine motivation and change factors for farmers and ranchers
  • identify common interventions and programs for agriculture producers and their families
  • evaluate assistive technology devices, task modifications, and equipment modifications for farm and ranch use
  • understand the role of AgrAbility in serving agriculture workers and their families

This course is eligible for 6 Occupational Therapy Education Hours of training certified by the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA). You will have access to this course for 1 year before your account is unenrolled.

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