Program process factors' influence on impacts for farmers with disabilities – A qualitative evaluation approach

Session Number: 2471
Track: Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations
Session Type: Poster
Tags: disabilities and other vulnerable popula, Impact, process data, qualita, Qualitative
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Hamida Jinnah [Assistant Research Faculty - University of Georgia]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)
Room: Poster 39

Other Authors: Co-author: Fetsch, Robert
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This qualitative evaluation of a national federally funded project aims to examine program process factors that facilitate quality of life impact on farmers with disabilities. Through education, networking and direct services like assistive technology, modifications (home, farm, equipment), the project aims to promote independence in farmers with disabilities, including veterans, and to preserve their livelihoods in agriculture. Phone interviews were conducted with farmers having disabilities, who were past clients of project. Key programmatic factors include comprehensive farm assessments and recommendations; dollar value of equipment or services received from the project or Vocational Rehabilitation; ongoing and trusting relationship with project staff; and in-house expertise or quality referrals (assistive technology, occupational therapy). Key quality of life impact included an increased ability to continue farming; increased farm productivity; improved financial status (depended on their retirement goal and health status); and improved health status (less stress, less pain, prevention of secondary injuries).