Since its inception in 1979, the Breaking New Ground Resource Center, Purdue University in Purdue's Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering has become internationally recognized as the primary source for information and resources on rehabilitation technology for persons working in agriculture.
Goodwill® generates opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families and vibrant communities. At 166 locations in the U.S. and Canada, independent Goodwill agencies offer job training, employment and placement services, and other programs for people who have a disability, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges. Visit www.goodwill.org to find a Goodwill near you.
The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world. The foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.
Illinois was one of the first states to benefit from the USDA initiative for a state-level program to provide information on accommodating disability in agriculture. Building on the strength of nationwide resources and a statewide network of agricultural, rural health, safety and social agencies, AgrAbility Unlimited offers education and assistance in identifying ways to accommodate disabilities, eliminate barriers, and create a favorable climate among rural service providers for people with disabilities.
The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) is a professional society for individuals and organizations interested in technology and disability. The purpose of RESNA is to contribute to the public welfare through scientific, literary, professional and educational activities by supporting the development, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge and practice pertaining to rehabilitation and assistive technology so that all citizens can achieve the highest quality of life.
The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States, and is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for the FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.
The mission of the Farmer Veteran Coalition is to mobilize veterans to feed America. They cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. Their services include providing assistance in obtaining funding, administering the Homegrown by Heroes brand, coordinating educational events, and maintaining a nationwide network of veteran farmers farmer veterans.
The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a national grass roots, consumer controlled, nonprofit membership organization consisting of centers for independent living, their satellites and branch offices, statewide independent living councils, other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America.
The Northwestern University Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Prosthetics and Orthotics is dedicated to the improvement of prostheses (limb replacements) and orthoses (external orthopedic braces), to the improved fitting and manufacturing of these devices, and to the improved understanding of human/device interactions. The Center is located in Chicago as part of the University's Feinberg School of Medicine and in close proximity to the hospitals of the McGaw Medical Center. This environment fosters direct clinical interactions and applications of the prosthetics and orthotics research.
AbleData provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. They serve the nation's disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities. AbleData's most significant resource is the AbleData database of assistive technology, which contains objective information on more than 37,000 assistive products (over 22,000 of which are currently available).
Dr. Val Farmer is a psychologist, newspaper columnist, speaker, husband, and father of seven. He has become a major voice in the area of rural psychology. Dr. Farmer's range of topics and the sound values that underpin his columns give practical, useful insight.
The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) has the core mission to collect and disseminate the results of research funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Over a quarter of a century, that mission has expanded to providing information services and document delivery to the disability and rehabilitation communities across the United States. NARIC's online databases contain more than 30 years of collecting, organizing, and maintaining the most current information in the field. What started as a small collection now includes more than 70,000 documents and journal articles.
The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) was established in 1988 as part of the Rural Institute at The University of Montana. RTC:Rural is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to improve the ability of persons with disabilities to live independently in rural America. RCT:Rural organizes and implements a comprehensive, integrated program of research and training, and represents rural issues to agencies, organizations, and programs addressing disability issues.