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Colorado class may help disabled individuals operate used tractors

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Disabled individuals who farm may benefit from a class being offered in Colorado.
Disabled individuals who farm may benefit from a class being offered in Colorado.

Driving around on a used tractor or piece of farm equipment may be made more difficult for those with disabilities.

However, these individuals may still want to do so, especially if they earn a living by operating farm equipment or used tractors. As a result, the Colorado State University Extension is offering free classes providing tips and strategies for disabled persons and their families.

The classes may also be of interest for those who work with disabled operators and their families. Those could include rehabilitation specialists and occupational therapists.

Workshop topics include accessibility options, along with ways to secure funding for specialized equipment. Some of those could include hitching methods and converting foot clutches into hand-operated systems.

Attendants will also get the opportunity to take part in a question-and-answer session, along with scheduling one-on-one consultations.

Class offerings are part of the AgrAbility program, which is a nationally funded initiative that assists farmers with disabilities. A number of states in the country have projects tied to the outreach effort, which provide education, information sharing and other services to these individuals.

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