Abstract

This thesis combines the disciplines of occupational science, occupational therapy, and agriculture in order to outline a need for additional financial funding for the Kentucky AgrAbility Program. The Program has made a phenomenal impact on the lives of many individuals who have suffered from farm-related injuries; however, the scope and quality of its services are limited due to constricted access to funds. Through examining and exploring literature available on the topic, a need and argument for additional funding is constructed. Current partnerships are explored and methods of improvement, including an employee training course, are proposed. A new partnership with the Kentucky FFA Association is suggested through identifying potential benefits to both students and clients. A need for healthcare education focused on effectively treating agriculturalists is identified and analyzed. Student curriculum and continuing education units are suggested. An occupational science perspective is used to shed additional light on why AgrAbility’s services are so important to farmers with disabilities. To conclude, an argument is made for more funding allowing the Kentucky AgrAbility Program to expand its services to address mental health concerns. The information presented will ultimately result in providing enhanced services to Kentucky’s agriculturalists.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 12-9-2019

Mentor

Julie Duckart

Department/Professional Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level

Bachelor's

Department

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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