[Campaign video and Image text descriptions located at the bottom of this page.]
THE ADAPTIVE DESIGN WITHOUT LIMITS CAMPAIGN
Thousands of children with disabilities in New York State do not receive the custom adaptations they need to reach their academic, social, or vocational potential. The Adaptive Design Association exists to end this inequity. Every day ADA builds user-specific adaptations and offers educational programs so anyone and everyone can gain skills and practice adaptive design in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities across the globe.
Over the past two decades we have worked with thousands of people who have come to understand that custom adaptations mean more than simply creating a solution for sitting, standing, positioning, and communication. A custom adaptation can be key to participating, sharing, playing, learning, working, living fully and engaging actively with family, friends, and community.
In celebration of the Adaptive Design Association’s 20th Anniversary, we’re launching our Adaptive Design Without Limits: Beyond Inclusion to Full Engagement Campaign.
We’re inviting you and your friends, family, and colleagues to be part of our Adaptive Design Without Limits Campaign and help tip a social evolution.
THE ADAPTIVE DESIGN ASSOCIATION
In our twenty years, we have created thousands of custom adaptations for children and adults with disabilities across New York City; have provided hundreds of hands-on classes and internships; and have encouraged the launch of adaptive design initiatives around the globe.
At the Adaptive Design Association we envision a day when custom adaptations are produced quickly, affordably, and locally; and when adaptive design services are recognized as an indispensable resource for all people.
With your help we can build a world that adapts, welcomes, and moves us from fear to familiar and equally engaged in homes, schools, workplaces and communities everywhere.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Donate today! Your contribution has a direct impact on many lives.
- Join the Team and Create Your Own Fundraiser! Increase your impact by adding your own campaign! Can you gather 20 friends to contribute $20 each? See what an impact your team’s $400 can make!
- Follow our campaign for through December 31st! Follow our campaign through New Years. Be sure to share our Facebook posts, retweet our tweets, and inspire your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to support Adaptive Design Association this giving season.
- Double your impact! Your donation, thanks to the generosity of the Bob and Dolores Freidenrich Charitable Fund, will be matched 1-for-1, up to $20,000 through December 31st.
YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT MAKES THINGS HAPPEN!
$20: Becomes a tangible communication symbol for a child who is deaf blind. / Buys one sheet of triple-wall cardboard (42x96”). In 2017, we used 300 sheets.
$40: Creates a cardboard easel that makes reading and writing easy and more comfortable. / Pays for 3 days of electricity, including lighting, air conditioning, and running power tools.
$200: Means a preschooler can get a custom floor seat and tray, making it possible to sit alongside peers during circle time activities. / Buys new jig and band saw blades, glue sticks, wooden nails, paints, and brushes needed to create 5 custom seating systems.
$400: Supports assessments at home or school for children who need custom adaptations but can’t travel to ADA from NYC’s outer boroughs. / Covers 2 weeks of classes and mentoring for one intern. In 2017, our interns and volunteers participated in 3,605 hours (equivalent to 1.75 full-time employees) learning equipment fabrication, finishing, evaluation, and graphic design; in addition to transferable hard and soft skills. Forty-five interns and volunteers helped ADA’s fabrication team design and build 427 custom pieces for 74 individuals and 149 multi-user pieces for 18 organizations. These included adaptations that aided academic performance, recreation, better positioning, self-care, work-readiness, and play.
$2000: Covers operating costs for 4 hours at ADA (concurrent classes, assessments, fabrication, internships, community engagement, rent, insurance, and operations)
$4000: Covers operating costs for one full day at ADA (our 2019 operating budget is $1.1M)
Your support makes growing this mission possible and affirms your commitment to ending inequality.
All donations will receive a PDF copy of “Building with Cardboard: A Quickstart Manual for Experienced Builders” by Paul Reamey
For more information
To learn more about the Adaptive Design Association, visit: http://adaptivedesign.org
To learn more about Alex Truesdell, MacArthur Fellow and the Adaptive Design Association Founder and Director: https://www.macfound.org/fellows/948/
To see the Adaptive Design Association featured on the PBS News Hour: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/for-disabled-children-making-the-world-a-custom-fit-out-of-cardboard
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Adaptive Design Campaign Video: Text Description
- Image: Opening Logo of the Adaptive Design Association
- Text: “We’re celebrating 20 years. In that time, we have …”
- Image: A young boy with brown hair is smiling. He is sitting in a custom chair with head supports, his hand rests on a custom table with toys on it. On the table is an easel with a white board.
- Image: Little girl with blond hair, pigtails, and glasses. She is wearing pink leggings, a white shirt and a blue bib. Her hand is raised to her mouth and she is laughing. She is seated on a pink and purple scooter with a white PVC handlebar.
- Image: A slightly older girl is sitting at a cafeteria table. She is seated on a green cardboard seat insert that slides over the cafeteria bench. The seat has a tall back support, foot supports, and a waist strap. She has long black hair in pigtails, a striped shirt, and blue jeans. She has a big smile on her face.
- Text: “Created thousands of custom adaptations for children and adults across New York City.”
- Image: A young girl is seated at a custom table and chair. The table and chare are painted blue, with pink trim, and have a painting of clouds and trees. She has a black laptop in front of her. She has long black hair in braids, held back in blue ribbons. Her hands are held up to her face. She is smiling.
- Text: “Provided hundreds of hands-on classes and internships.”
- Image: A group of adults are seated around a table. A man with glasses and brown hair is standing at the front of the room. They are looking at him. He has a laptop open. The table has cups, fruit, donuts, and other items on it.
- Image: Two women are working together on a cardboard seat. One woman has grey hair, glasses, and is wearing a light blue shirt. The other is wearing glasses and a grey sweater and hijab. They are smiling as they work.
- Image: A young woman sits smiling at the camera. She is wearing a grey hat and a pink apron. She holds a white cardboard square in one hand and a paintbrush in the other.
- Text: “Have encouraged the launch of adaptive design initiatives across the globe.”
- Image: A young boy is sitting in a white cardboard seat insert on a computer seat. He wears a grey sweater. A woman wearing a yellow shirt is sitting next to him and speaking to him. The caption reads “Guatemala”.
- Image: A young boy is standing independently in a cardboard stander. In front of him is a cardboard easel, on which there is a book with photographs. The caption reads “Syracuse, NY”.
- Text: “We have created custom adaptations collaboratively and economically.”
- Image: Three individuals are working together in a wood shop. They are attaching a cardboard seat to the legs of a recycled office chair with wheels.
- Image: A woman is sitting at a table, working on a laptop, smiling at the camera. To her side is a stack of cardboard sheets. Through a glass window a young man wearing noise cancelling headphones can be seen. He is smiling and standing in front of a CNC router.
- Text: “Join us and be part of the Adaptive Design Without Limits Campaign”
- Image: A young boy sits on a powered wheelchair. He is smiling and is using a switch in front of him. A woman is kneeling on the floor in front of him. There is a screen on the wall and a woman and a man can be seen on it. She is seated in a wheelchair. The caption reads: “Learning Morse Code”.
- Image: A woman sits in a powered wheelchair. Her arms are crossed at her waist and she is smiling. Attached to the back of the wheelchair is a long pole with LED lighting. The caption reads: “Navigating safely with a custom lamp”.
- Image: The screen is split in two. On the left, a teenager is wearing glasses and is seated in front of an iPad on a small easel on the table. He is leaning forward looking closely to read the screen. On the right side of the screen, the same teenager has the same iPad on a tall cardboard easel. The caption reads “Designing easels to sit and work comfortably”.
- Text: “With your help and commitment, we can build a world that welcomes, collaborates, adapts, and moves us from fear to familiar.”
- Image: The screen is split in two. On the left side of the screen, a boy is seated at a desk and chair that are too high for him. His head rests on his hands. His feet dangle below. On the right side of the screen, the boy is sitting at the same desk, this time on a cardboard chair insert with a foot rest. He is sitting more comfortably, smiling and writing. The caption reads “Participating academically with custom seating”.
- Image: A young boy with a red sweatshirt and blue pants is riding a three-wheeled scooter. The caption reads “Riding independently with adapted pedals”.
- Image: A woman sits next to a man. He is wearing glasses and a plaid shirt and is leaning in towards her, his hand touching her hand. She is sitting in an easy chair. with a cardboard insert and headrest. The caption reads “Sitting comfortably with a custom headrest.”
- Text: “Beyond inclusion to full engagement.”
- Image: A large group of children stand around a young boy sitting in a tall blue custom made cardboard chair. They are smiling. The caption reads “One of the gang.”
- Image: Two children are seated across each other at a round table. Between them is a cardboard road. It is painted blue and grey with trees. There is a yellow dashed line and a car in motion is passing between them. The caption reads “Playing together.”
- Image: A young boy is sitting on a bicycle seat with an insert and supports. He is smiling.Two women stand next to him. The caption reads “Ready to ride”.
- Text: “Build for One”
- Image: A man kneels on the floor next to a young girl her hair tied in a red ribbon. She is seated on a chair with a cardboard insert, foot rests, and a tray. They are all painted varying shades of purple. The caption reads: “I love purple!”.
- Image: A man kneels next to a very young girl. She is standing and they are playing with a series of toys on a red table She has a support behind her, and a woman can be seen making an adjustment. The text reads “Standing tall”.
- Image: A very young girl is seated in a custom chair with head supports. In front of her is a custom tray. The tray and chair are painted pink with red ribbons. She is wearing a black and white polka dot shirt and smiling. The caption reads “Ready to play”.
- Text: “Engage Everyone”
- Image: A long table has a collection of cardboard equipment. Several women stand behind the able. A group of individuals are seated in front. The caption reads “Rehabilitation professionals”.
- Image: A group of adults wearing light blue shirts are standing around a paint covered shop table. There are numerous cardboard perches on the table. They are smiling. The caption reads “Corporate volunteers.”
- Image: A young woman stands in front of a computer. She has black hair and a grey shirt. She is smiling. The caption reads “College interns.”
- Text: “Change everything”
- Image: Two women stand together smiling. One is wearing a green paint covered apron. The other has a volunteer name tag. They are holding up small pieces to make a cardboard tangible symbol and are smiling.
- Image: A young girl is seated at a table. Before her a large switch has been opened, and on the table are screwdrivers, soldering irons, helping hands, and other tools. She appears to be connecting two wires.
- Image: A large group of people are gathered outside around a banner that says “Adaptive Design Association. They are all wearing “Adaptive Design Association” t-shirts.
- Text: “Together, we can build solutions: one adaptation, one intern, one set of tools, and one story at a time.”
- Text: “Learn more and donate: adaptivedesign.org”