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Barn Builders Network

Barn Builders Network builds an informal peer support network of farmers and ranchers with disabilities across the nation. Limited personal resources and lack of services for people in rural areas can be obstacles for independent farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Perhaps a farmer might like to know of others in his or her state who are farming with the same type of disability or similar farming operation. Whatever the connection, BNG draws these people together to let them know that they were not alone. The information was compiled into a directory, which is updated as new people join the network. Application and more information are available on the site.

inMotion - A Publication of the Amputee Coalition of America

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability