Recently at the Great Plains Growers Conference in St. Joseph, I met a University of Missouri Extension specialist, Donald Schuster. Donald works with people in agriculture who are overcoming physical and psychological impairments. At his booth, he displayed some really fascinating gardening implements that compensated for different physical impairments.
An increasing number of Schuster’s clients are veterans and he is a veteran from the Vietnam era. Within Extension, Schuster is a coordinator of assistive technology services for the Missouri AgrAbility Project. He knows all too well the challenges of trying to return to regular activities after an injury has occurred. He also noted that “Not all disabilites are physical injuries.”
Today, some veterans arriving home from Iraq and Afghanistan will face months of rehab, recovery and for some even unemployment due to their physical impairments. The Missouri AgrAbility Project can help. But the Project serves all persons with all kinds of disabilities, not just veterans who were wounded in service. Schuster also works with survivors of farming accidents, car accidents and those dealing with physical and emotional illness.
To learn more about the Missouri AgrAbility Project, or to connect someone who might benefit from the services offered, call 1.800.995.8503 to find a representative closest to you.