Adaptive Design Association
The Adaptive Design Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization which creates custom adaptations for children with special needs. Its work is based in part on the Adaptive Design work at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. The group utilizes tri-wall cardboard and other sustainable materials to meet children´s equipment needs. Products include tangible symbol cues, customized positioning systems, and customized work surfaces.
The ADA also trains occupational and physical therapists in making adaptive design. The ADA is a community partner of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville/Yonkers, NY. The ADA has inspired the development of the Adaptive Design Studio of the EDGE Lab at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
MacArthur Fellow Alex Truesdell founded the organization in 2001 after founding and coordinating the Assistive Device Center at Perkins School For the Blind. As of 2013[update] she was the ADA'a executive director.
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