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Rural People with Disabilities Models and Innovations

These stories feature model programs and successful rural projects that can serve as a source of ideas and provide lessons others have learned. Some of the projects or programs may no longer be active. Read about the criteria and evidence-base for programs included.

Farm Assessment and Rehabilitation Methods (FARM) Program
Updated/reviewed June 2017
  • Need: To help farmers with disabilities continue farming while protecting their well-being.
  • Intervention: The FARM program helps disabled or ill farmers continue to operate and work their Wisconsin farms.
  • Results: Farmers with disabilities can continue to farm, resume farming, or find an alternative agricultural occupation.
North Carolina Innovative Approaches Initiative
Updated/reviewed June 2017
  • Need: Children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN) face many barriers to coordinated, comprehensive, and culturally competent healthcare.
  • Intervention: The North Carolina Innovative Approaches (IA) initiative works with families of CYSHCN and other community leaders to make systems changes in the state's healthcare system.
  • Results: In seven years, IA has impacted 19 counties and has had a positive impact on increasing family engagement and community capacity for systems changes.
SASH® (Support And Services at Home)
Added November 2016
  • Need: In Vermont, the growing elderly population, coupled with a lack of a decentralized home-based system of care management, posed significant challenges for Vermonters who wanted to live independently at home.
  • Intervention: SASH® (Support And Services at Home) helps Vermont's seniors and individuals with disabilities live at home while receiving the care they need.
  • Results: SASH participants have experienced fewer falls, reduced uncontrolled hypertension, reduced growth in Medicare expenditures, increased rates of immunizations, and a 40% increase in advance directives, which saves millions of dollars annually.

Last Updated: 6/8/2017