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Probably the most common type of adaptation Adaptive Design makes is for seating. Probably the most common type of seating adaptation is an "insert" -- a customized seat which adapts an existing chair that is a poor fit for the individual.  So for my Chairathon chair, I decided -- in lieu of fancy decoration, which I'm NOT good at-- to build an insert for it.

The result is pictured at left.  The first photo shows the insert in place.  The second shows each piece separately.

Customized seating is SO important!  As an occupational therapist, I'm well aware that if you have difficulty using your limbs because of a disabling condition, having a stable "base of support" is the most important step in maximizing your function.  When the seat supports you, you don't have to use your muscles to stay in place in your seat.  That frees you up to make the best use of the abilities you have to accomplish tasks, or even just to sit and pay attention to something going on around you.

Seating isn't the only thing ADA makes, though.  Check out the Fabrication page on our website to see a whole range of adaptations.

Here's the "official" word on ADA's mission and the importance of raising funds for it.  Please help! 

People with disabilities comprise the largest and most diverse “minority” worldwide. Approximately 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have a disability* and the older we get, the greater the chance we will become ill or disabled. Whatever the diagnosis, it will be the assumption of limitation, and lack of adaptation, that will become our biggest challenge. Together, we can get the right adaptations at the right time to chidren with disabilities in NY and all over the world.

  • $500 will benefit our Never Say No policy so that a child with disabilities can receive the right adaptation to learn, play, and grow.
  • $1,000 will support our Made to Learn Program and the education of one of our learners so that they can go on to supply hundreds of people with disabilities the adaptations they need to succeed—and exceed limitations.
  • $1,500 will encourage the growth of Adaptive Design Centers all over the world to meet the needs of children in any community.

Join our participating teams or help them reach their fundraising goals to support our efforts in fabricating, educating, and replicating.

To learn more about the Adaptive Design Association please visit our website and subscribe to our newsletter.

*U.S. Census Bureau (2012). Report Released to Coincide with 22nd Anniversary of the ADA. Retrieved from


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25% Raised of$1,000 Goal


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