Accessible Rural Life

From AMS Vans:


Doug Barker, a quadriplegic farmer who is paralyzed from the neck down, was so determined to live a normal, productive life that he invented a tractor

wheelchair-tractor.jpg that he can operate while seated in his wheelchair. Not only does the tractor let Barker enjoy farming once again, it has given him back his spark along with inspiring others.

Seventeen years ago Barker broke his neck in six different places while playing hockey. When he first got injured, his doctor  basically told him he would never use his legs or arms again. Two years ago Barker was watching television and saw a tractor that had modifications to make it accessible for people with disabilities, sparking his imagination.  There are other tractors designed for people who are disabled, however Barker believes his to be the first one that actually allows a person in a wheelchair to operate it while still in their wheelchair.

Recent Entries

Rick Hansen: The Man in Motion 25 Year Retrospective
Follow the Man in Motion 25 year retrospective as it leads up to Interdependence 2012:Western USAhttp://www.rickhansen.com/code/navigate.aspx?Id=7&postId=58Southern USAhttp://www.rickhansen.com/code/navigate.aspx?Id=7&postId=62Englandhttp://www.rickhansen.com/code/navigate.aspx?Id=7&postId=68Southeast USAhttp://www.rickhansen.com/code/navigate.aspx?Id=7&postId=67Russiahttp://www.rickhansen.com/code/navigate.aspx?Id=7&postId=79Scandanviahttp://www.rickhansen.com/code/navigate.aspx?Id=7&postId=71Francehttp://www.rickhansen.com/code/navigate.aspx?Id=7&postId=70Switzerlandhttp://www.rickhansen.com/code/navigate.aspx?Id=7&postId=83Chinahttp://www.rickhansen.com/code/navigate.aspx?Id=7&postId=80…
Cidade medieval ganha prêmio da UE de acessibilidade para deficientes (Portuguese)
A cidade espanhola de Ávila é primeira a receber novo prêmio Access City Award, que reconhece melhorias de acessbilidade para…
Australia: 2010 National Disability Awards Recipients Announced
The National Disability Awards are part of the Australian Government's celebration of International Day of People with Disability. These annual…
Accessible Rural Life
From AMS Vans:Doug Barker, a quadriplegic farmer who is paralyzed from the neck down, was so determined to live a…
Calling Time on FIFA
Hey Joe, It's time to deliver!When announcing Brazil's success in their bid to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, the President…
História do Movimento Político das Pessoas com Deficiência no Brasil (Portuguese)
Temos a honra de convidá-los para o lançamento do filme:   "História do Movimento Político das Pessoas com Deficiência no…
Accesibilidad TIC: Manual para superar la brecha digital de personas con discapacidad (Spanish)
La Asociación Civil CARE elaboró la publicación gratuita Accesibilidad TIC, que cuenta con herramientas para eliminar las barreras de…
Anne McDonald: Intelligence goes beyond motor skill
 July 07, 2007Article from: The AustralianTHREE years ago, a six-year-old Seattle girl called Ashley, who had severedisabilities, was, at her…