Who We Are

A nonprofit organization

building custom adaptations, nurturing communities,

and challenging assumptions. 

What We Do


We create low-cost or no-cost custom adaptations for people with disabilities in a landscape of expensive and non-custom commercial products.

We make this happen using 

accessible cardboard building techniques in our workshop space and with the help of donors
and volunteers.


We seek to share what we know through courses and presentations about adaptive design and cardboard building, as well as hosting field trips and internship opportunities.

We also encourage schools and organizations to send motivated students for intensive study.


We encourage everyone to design and build user-specific adaptations. We wholeheartedly support the founding of similar organizations and non-profits around the world. We partner with local organizations, such as the New York Department of Education to effect community change.


Get Involved

A custom adaptation can benefit everyone: the person who uses it, the team that imagines it, the team that designs and builds it, and everyone who hears the stories.

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Upcoming Courses + Events
5-day Course Intensive

Offered only three times a year, the intensive is an opportunity for immersive exposure to adaptive design, particularly for those who must travel from a distance. Three days of cardboard carpentry, one day of positioning, and one day of switches/electronics.  Attend any or all of the courses.

10 AM-4 PM each day

Seated positioning

A full day workshop addressing how to maximize function through careful positioning.

10 AM-4 PM each day. More dates available.

Cardboard carpentry

A full day workshop on the basics of cardboard carpentry and its application to adaptive design.

10 AM-4 PM each day. More dates available.


Cardboard for a good cause

Take a guided tour, build your own cardboard creation, and meet our fabricators for an in-depth look into Adaptive Design.  10:30-Noon

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