This statewide group represents a coalition of organizations and individuals concerned with technology access and people with disabilities. The purpose of TAP-DIG is to identify the needs of Georgians with disabilities related to technology. It is also a placewhere we can develop funded activities to improve the lives of Georgians with disabilities related to technology. Key leaders from state agencies and organizations have come together to form the TAP-DIG statewide working group. The group meets several times a year. Interested in joining TAP-DIG? Contact Dr. Tracy Rackensperger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2005, AgrAbility in Georgia has focused on promoting independence for members of the agricultural community who have disabilities, both acquired and developmental. The project provides agricultural assistive technology (AT) assessment, AT service coordination and implementation. The project has provided technical assistance and information to over 1,954 agricultural workers, their families and service providers. In addition, work is underway to develop a mobile Farm and Garden Learning Station. This facility will showcase the latest assistive technology to aide agricultural workers with disabilities or chronic health conditions. Individuals can see the latest assistive devices, work site accommodations, and demonstrations by farmers; they can receive hands-on expert advice—all in one place. Contact Rebecca Brightwell at email@example.com for more information.
ReShape play provides adapted toys, games and activities to involve students of all abilities at a young age. ReShape play has partnered with GoBabyGo. GoBabyGo is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program that provides modified ride-on cars to children birth to age 3 who experience limited mobility. If you are interested in the ReShape Play and the GoBabyGo projects please contact Rebecca Brightwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IHDD offers a variety of workshops and webinars on low cost assistive technology. Contact Rebecca Brightwell at email@example.com if you would like more information.
Veterans are increasingly entering into agricultural careers. Many of the same attributes for success in farming are similar to the military including: a willingness to do hard work; the ability to adjust quickly when unforeseen circumstances occur; and discipline to get the job done. Being of service is also very important to Veterans. There is not a more noble mission that to feed our nation. Farming has also been a source of healing for many Veterans. Watching plants and animals grow reconnects one to the basic elements of life. Many of the Veterans entering into agriculture also have a disability diagnosis as a direct result of their service. In Georgia there are 651,283 Veterans and 140,370 (22%) of those are reported to have a service related disability rating. Of those 83,285 have a disability rating of 10-60 percent and 43,577 with a disability rating of 70 percent or higher. Utilizing best practices in universal curriculum design, we took an existing curricula on food safety and adaptied it to be more accessible to Veterans with disabilities. The end result is increased knowledge and retention of food safety information by Veterans employed in agriculture. If you are interested in this pilot project or universal design for learning please contact Rebecca Brightwell at firstname.lastname@example.org