Adaptive Design and ARISE

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For kids with disabilities, parents know best. That is why the Adaptive Design Association works with parents, therapists, engineers, doctors, designers and teachers to develop equipment that is best equipped for each child with their individual interests in mind. ARISE Foundation Board Member Connor McGough and Lindsay Potter, a mother who has participate in design builds, joined us this morning.


Both McGough and Potter have a hand in the Adaptive Design movement. McGough is a design teacher at Syracuse University who uses a wheelchair as a result of a diving accident. Potter participates in design builds for her three-year-old son, Landon, who has spina bifida. Potter says that as a new parent going into the special needs world, getting equipment for your child is very difficult.  Last June, Potter and her family were invited to a design build, where she was able to build her son a table and chair.

McGough showed us an example of what they create at Adaptive Design and explained how easy it is to get one made. This design is made out of cardboard, which is actually very sturdy and it allows children to make it their own by painting it the color of their choice.

The founder of Adaptive Design Association is Alex Truesdell and the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award will be the keynote speaker at the ARISE dinner tonight.  After recognizing how many parents struggle to get equipment that fits their child and is affordable, she took everything into her own hands. She created a technique and method to build adaptive, cost effective equipment for children and people with disabilities.


Tonight’s fourth annual ARISE dinner celebrates inclusion and achieving independence. It will be held at the Oncenter at 6pm tonight. For tickets, call (315) 671-2909. For more information on ARISE, Adaptive Design, or the event, visit http://www.ariseinc.org/ .

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