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We create custom adaptive equipment to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of children and adults with disabilities.

Get inspired by our past projects to create an adaptation that would fit your own needs. 

Project Gallery
Project Gallery
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Supine Stander Adjustable

Tricycle Modification

Home Chair Modification

William, a second grader wearing a white shirt and glasses, sits at a cafeteria table of picnic-bench style.  He’s seated in the blue chair, which fits over the bench seat so that the base of the seat rests on top of the bench and the leg panels reach to the floor.  His feet rest on the low platform in front.  His back is against the cushion and his left hand just reaches the bench beside him.
An unusual looking chair has a backrest and seat, but no arms.  Instead of legs, it has two flat panels extending from the front and back of the seat to the floor.  On the front panel, about a foot from the floor, is a platform that protrudes about 10”.  A navy blue cushion covers most of the backrest, and two stripes of wide black tape run across the platform.  The whole chair is painted a glossy blue.

Cafeteria Chair

Floor Sitter Adjustable

An 7-year-old girl sits in the rocking chair with arms extended to place her hands in her lap. Her head is reclined slightly against the cushioned backrest, which rises to just above her head.  The belt wraps snugly around her torso.  Her bare feet rest on the floor.
A cardboard chair has side panels that are curved at the base to form rockers, and are topped with armrests parallel to the floor.  The seat and backrest are padded with white-covered cushions with bright pink trim.  A wide belt is slotted through the cushion and backrest of the chair.  The chair itself is painted sea blue with an elaborate undersea scene.

Rocking Chair

Chair and Cart

Little Danna is riding in the adapted toy car. The big button on the backrest is positioned right behind her head.  A series of black straps secure her trunk to the backrest.  Her hands grip the steering extension.
A child-sized toy car has been modified for 4-year-old Danna. A high back support, padded with yoga matting, holds a large red button at the top.  The lower part of the backrest curves around for her hips and trunk.  Attached to the steering wheel is a rectangle of tubing reaching toward the rear.  The car is hot pink; the modifications are pink and purple.

Ride-On Car Go Baby Go

Freestanding Chair

Prone Stander

Wheelchair Transfer Steps

Clear Mask

Tangible Symbol Cues

At Adaptive Design we make the Standardized Tactile Augmentative Communication Symbols Kit for American Printing House for the Blind. This system of communication is ideal for children with low-vision, blindness, hearing impairment, or other speech, language, and learning needs. This set helps learning partners (teachers, parents, peers, etc.) teach a beginning standardized vocabulary. To purchase custom cues and/or extended vocabulary options explore the order form.

Cue Project Gallery
A young student in a wheelchair with an attached plexiglass tray is laughing as an adult shows him a rubber duck embedded in a 4” x 6” white card.  The adult, a man with glasses and a beard, is holding a spray bottle pointed toward the boy and is smiling.  The background shows classroom shelves.
The WATER PLAY tangible communication symbol:  A small, yellow, duck squeeze toy is partly embedded in a white 4" x 6" card, wth the legend "WATER PLAY" underneath.

Water Play

A student is looking down at a 4x6” white card. His arms are resting on a blue cushion. The boy holds the card with his right hand, touching the red and yellow Ritz crackers wrapper embedded in it. His teacher, across the table from him, holds one corner of the Ritz crackers card with her right hand, while showing another card with her left.   That one has two small ceramic tiles embedded in it.
Objects are partly embedded in 4" by 6" white cards.  On the left, a rectangularsection of mylar wrap, like that lining bags of snacks, with the legend "SNACK" beneath.  On the right, two square, white ceramic tiles surrounded by a heavy black border, with the legend "BATHROOM" underneath.

Snack and Bathroom

A young student wearing a long-sleeved purple top reaches toward two cards held in front of her by an adult’s arm.  One is a 4” x 6” white card with a yellow tennis ball embedded in it.  The other card, barely 2” square, is right above it.  She is  touching the smaller card with one finger. Her other hand is tucked completely inside her sleeve.
A fluorescent green tennis ball is partly embedded in a 4" x 6" white card, with the legend "GYM" underneath.


A boy about 6 years old is facing mostly away from the camera, looking at 6 white cards, 4 x 6 inches each, arranged in 2 rows.  Each card has a 3-dimensional object partly embedded in it.  The boy is touching the card with the small yogurt cup, beneath which is a  label: “yogurt.”  The other cards are “juice” (juice box),  “drink” (plastic cup),  “cereal” (cereal pieces encased in plastic),  “muffin” and “food.” (The last two objects are obscured.)
Two objects are partly embedded in white 4" x 6" cards.  On the left, a colorful, single serving juice box, with the legend "JUICE" underneath, and on the right, a 6-ounce plastic yogurt cup with the legend "YOGURT" beneath.

Food and Beverage

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