Welcome to Adapt Design.
We are an interdisciplinary group of dedicated individuals working to promote independence for people with disabilities.
Every design decision begins by working with real people and real problems we identify together, all of which leads to effective solutions. Currently we are focusing on designs for people who use wheelchairs while always taking note of other problems that come up in other spaces as well.
We work at the intersection of art, design, and engineering to create beautiful and productive designs.
Our team was started in 2014 by a team of four students from the University of Michigan with shared passions for social justice and health. Our co-founder Sidney Krandall is an active designer for the Adapt Design team who originally became interested in inequalities in disability design after eight years of volunteering in healthcare facilities. Soon after she started designing solutions to problems identified by the patients she worked with, she met co-founder and Adapt Design engineer, Laura Murphy at an event hosted by optiMize (a student community focused on social innovation). Laura was particularly interested in how her skills as an engineer could be used to create meaningful social change. Over the next few years, the team expanded and evolved to include a variety of students from the schools of Business, Literature, Science & Arts (LSA), and several Engineering disciplines. While Sidney and Laura continue to develop our organization, our original team collectively set the interdisciplinary culture and ground work for us to continue our work.
Today, Adapt Design is managed out of Ann Arbor by Laura while Sidney works out of Chicago. As we continue to develop products through collaboration with people facing health challenges, we have also expanded our team to hosting interns out of our Ann Arbor location. We love what we do and the people we work with, feel free to contact us with any questions about our history, collaborating, or future involvement.
Our team is developing our first line of products for wheelchairs. We are designing attachments and accessories that allow our clients to perform daily tasks in their own way. As we develop solutions to common issues using cutting-edge technology, we will add personalization through color and form to your product.
Our team involves our clients in every step of the process. We believe in designing with and for the people who will be using our products. Our products defy stereotypes and break down the negative stigma often associated with disability.
We know that the only way to provide solutions to daily challenges is to work with the people experiencing them. We constantly reach out to new communities to guide our designs and help us to help them. Tell us about your experience with disability. We want to learn from you!