Using Cardboard to Bring Disabled Children Out of the Exile of Wrong Furniture

Adaptive Design is a nonprofit that provides tailor-made furniture for children with disabilities. Design students and volunteers use cardboard to build pieces that will accommodate a child’s specific needs. For example, a young girl with low muscle tone could not sit upright without being propped in between an adult’s legs. To help her sit upright and read a book independently, the company made her a legless chair that looked like a sled with a back and attached a mesh strap. With this she was able to join her classmates in the reading circle without anyone’s aid.

The program is funded by grants and donations, and its Executive Director Alex Truesdell is looking to expand the work and its benefits to other students with disabilities. The solutions provided by the company are inexpensive and adaptable to a multitude of disabilities.

Full Story: Jim Dwyer, Using Cardboard to Bring Disabled Children Out of Exile of Wrong Furniture, New York Times, July 29, 2014.



WINAHEAD is made up of representatives from thirty institutions. Our members are professionals employed by two- and four-year colleges and universities who work directly with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to higher education. WIN indicates the geographic area we represent: Western Iowa and Nebraska. AHEAD is our national parent organization, the Association on Higher Education and Disability.
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