Kansas AgrAbility Project (KAP)

Due to Covid-19 concerns, ATK’s consumer services and staff activities will be online only.

ATK Director Sara Sack, says, “Assistive Technology for Kansans and all of its services remain open although there will be changes in access from face-to-face to online or paper contact only.”

Kansans are invited to use the statewide toll-free phone 800-526-3648 to contact their regional AT Access Site. Offices are located in Oakley, Salina, Topeka, Garden City, Wichita, and Parsons.

AT Specialists are available to talk with you about your AT needs via email, phone, Skype, Zoom, or a variety of other online options. ATK contact information can be found online at http://atk.ku.edu/contact-atk. Please let us know how we can assist you in meeting your AT needs.


Rancher sitting in a power wheelchair beside his boom liftA man talks with AT Specialist about the features of a sprayer on a UTV.

The Kansas AgrAbility Project directly assists Kansas farmers/ranchers, their employees, and family members who have become injured, have a health condition, or any disability. Kansas AgrAbility partners are Kansas State University, Southeast Kansas Independent Living (SKIL), and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) at the University of Kansas.

For more information, contact us at 800-KAN DO IT or 800-526-3648.

Western Kansas AgrAbility showcases ways to help farmers with disabilities (link to video), reported by Sara Miles, Kansas Farm and Ranch Radio Network, from the Western AgrAbility Demonstration Day, October 2019, Colby, KS. (5:32 minutes) Use the backspace to return to this AgrAbility webpage.

Kansas AgrAbility Videos

Gates can be difficult to operate. One-handed gate latches can be the answer. Good one-handed latches should open and close from both sides, allow the gate to swing in either direction, self-latch when released, and be secure and reliable. Demonstrated by Lesa Clubine, AT AgrAbility Specialist, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans. For more information visit our website at www.agrability.ksu.edu or call 1-800-526-3648. Open Captions. Length: 3:30

Low Vision - Tools and Techniques for Your Work Bench describes products and DIY solutions to make your work and tool bench more accessible with recommendations to increase contrast, find tools with larger print, talking measuring tapes, added lighting, and more. Demonstrated by Cassie Ramon, AT AgrAbility Specialist, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans. For more information visit the Kansas AgrAbility Project website at www.agrability.ksu.edu or call 1-800-526-3648. CC. Length: 7:37

The Mantis ComposT-Twin is a double barrel composter that is easy to use, no shovel needed. Demonstration by Cassie Ramon, KS AgrAbility Specialist, www.agrability.ksu.edu or 1-800-526-3648. CC. Length 2:38

The LogOX 3-in-1 MultiTool is designed to assist individuals with back, knee, and hip problems to cut, carry, and roll logs. Product demonstration by Stuart Jones, Assistive Technology for Kansans and Loren Johannes, Topeka farmer. Presented by Kansas AgrAbility, www.agrability.ksu.edu or call 1-800-526-3648. CC. Length: 2:51

The Bin Level Indicator by LevALERT provides an easy to see from ground level, safer way to determine if the grain is to the bin indicator level with a bright yellow, reflective material easily seen with a flashlight. Demonstration by Karin Rasmussen, Western AT Access Site, Kansas AgrAbility Project, 800-526-3648. CC. Length: 2:51

The EazyHold Universal Cuff helps individuals of all ages hold onto items with ease. EazyHold straps are made of soft, flexible food-grade silicone, hypoallergenic, latex free, and dishwasher safe. Demonstration by Karin Rasmussen, Western AT Access Site, Kansas AgrAbility Project, 800-526-3648. CC. Length: 2:56

Magnetic Gloves by MagnoGrip feature a magnetic strip across the top of the glove and secures screws, nails, nut, bolts, drill and driver bits, and anything else that is made of steel to the glove. Perfect if you are working on a ladder to make sure you don’t drop a screw or a bit and have to climb down and back up. Presented by Karin Rasmussen, Western AT Access Site, Kansas AgrAbility Project, 800-526-3648. CC. Length: 3:50

Cotton Work Gloves with PVC Dots can help individuals with diminished grip strength or weakened hand grasp to secure hand held items. The PVC dots aid in picking up or grasping items. Demonstration by Karin Rasmussen, Western AT Access Site, Kansas AgrAbility Project, 800-526-3648. CC. Length: 2:36

Kansas high school student demonstrates the Firefly, a battery powered attachable handcycle made for a wheelchair. Interview by Karin Rasmussen, KS AgrAbility Specialist at Kansas Ag Demo Day, Western AT Access Site, held in Colby, KS, October 10, 2019. CC. Length: 3:46

Marcus Bolte, Kansas farmer, shows how a standing or platform lift installed on this tractor operates. Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Open Captioned. Length: 1:27

Michael Bolte, Kansas farmer, demonstrates how a chair/boom lift mounted on a trailer facilitates his transfer from scooter to tractor seat. Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Open Captioned. Length: 6:50

Michael and Becky Bolte with their son, Marcus, talk with Kansas AgrAbility Specialist, Galen Seehafer about the impact assistive technology has had in keeping their family on their north central Kansas farm. In this video, the family talks about the addition of lifts to equipment and in particular a chair/boom lift mounted on a trailer have allowed Michael to maintain his active role on their farm. Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Open Captioned. Length: 7:53

A Kansas farm family talks about how changes in the health of a family member with a chronic condition necessitate new solutions over time. Kansas AgrAbility Specialists help farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families identify assistive technology solutions to meet individual needs. Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Open Captioned. Length: 4:30

A Western Kansas farmer shows a bale bed installed on the pickup truck he uses to feed round hay bales to his livestock, described by Jeannie Sharp, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Length: :58

A Western Kansas farmer's customized cattle/livestock handling pens, described by Jeannie Sharp, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Length: 1:25

A Western Kansas farmer's old sliding doors on his barn are replaced by electric overhead doors. Jeannie Sharp, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) also describes a modification to the grain bins with added steps for increased accessibility. Open captioned. Length: 1:03

A Western Kansas farmer uses his heavy-duty powerchair to pull a customized blade to smooth his gravel driveway, described by Jeannie Sharp, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Open captioned. Length: :51

A Western Kansas farmer demonstrates a Push 'N' Drive Over Gate, described by Jeannie Sharp, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Open captioned. Length: 1:39

A tractor step extension is designed by a K-State University senior design team for a Western Kansas farmer, described by Jeannie Sharp, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Open captioned. Length: 2:03

An Eastern Kansas rancher demonstrates a boom lift mounted on a trailer. In this example, the rancher uses the boom lift to transfer from an ATV to a tractor. Includes an explanation of the assessment process by Steve Hoover, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Open captioned. Length: 12:00

In this 3-minute demo, a boom lift mounted on a trailer, is used by an Eastern Kansas rancher to transfer from an ATV to a tractor, with Steve Hoover, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Open captioned. Length: 3:12

A Southeast Kansas farmer talks about the platform lift he had customized for his tractor and the assessment process with Steve Hoover, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Open captioned. Length: 3:42

In this demo, a Southeast Kansas farmer explains how his customized platform lift for his tractor increases his independence in the hay field, with Steve Hoover, Kansas AgrAbility and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Open captioned. Length: 1:24


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