Adaptive Design Association

Adaptive Design Association is an organization in New York City that creates custom solutions for people with disabilities. Using low-fidelity materials like cardboard, they not only create life-changing adaptive designs, but they also engage a diverse set of volunteers throughout all steps in the process. They focus on Making, Teaching, and Sharing Responsibility.

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"MAKING 

Creating user-specific adaptations benefits everyone: those inspiring and receiving adaptations (the “users”), those who imagine and request adaptations (the “dreamers”), and those who design and build adaptations (the “makers”).

TEACHING

To promote adaptive design communities we offer intensive courses, presentations, field-trips and internship opportunities. We encourage organizations and schools to send highly motivated staff to NYC for intensive study.

SHARING RESPONSIBILITY

As thousands of visitors can attest, we encourage everyone to design and build user-specific adaptations, and to become part of an “association” of adaptive design projects across the globe."

Photo and quote found at adaptivedesign.org

Grants for Adaptive Sports Equipment

This opportunity is open to residents in the US with paralysis due to spinal cord injury, spina bifida, or transverse myelitis.

"The Kelly Brush Foundation provides grants for individuals with paralysis to purchase adaptive sports equipment. We believe in the power of sport and recreation to foster inclusion and help develop confidence, independence and physical and mental strength, especially when experienced independently and on one's own terms."

They have both a Spring and Fall grant cycle, so if you missed the last deadline - don't worry! Apply here.

Virtual March - Join the Women's March on Washington from home.

"For people who might not have the physical ability or stamina to join Saturday's massive public protest, disability activists created the Disability March — an online movement that allows people with disabilities and chronic illnesses to participate virtually in the event."

To view the Mashable article, check out this link. 

To participate in this event check out their website here.

Spinalpedia - Social networking for those with paralysis.

"We envision a society where people with paralysis are no longer isolated and can return to being active members of the community. In order to realize that goal, we need to unite our community and find strength in the power of our experiences. SPINALpedia is a social mentoring network and video archive that allows the spinal cord injury community to motivate each other with the knowledge and triumphs gained from our individual experiences."

https://spinalpedia.com/