The Adaptive Design Association hosts field trips, professional development opportunities through one-day workshops and week-long intensives, corporate opportunities, internships, and custom presentations.


We welcome students, teachers, parents, designers, therapists, and all who are interested in building custom adaptations. 


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Field trips and visits

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The Adaptive Design Association is happy to welcome group and class field trips. Beginning with a guided tour of our studio, groups build their own cardboard creations as well as meet our fabricators for an in-depth look into how complex custom adaptations are built. During the tour participants will see, touch, and try unique, fun solutions for improving accessibility. Visitors leave our studio with their own personal cardboard item, but more important, leave with a deeper understanding of how affordable materials, simple tools, and one’s own creativity can generate solutions that make a difference.

All group field trips are 1.5 hours.

Rate: $400

For individuals visits we offer a experience through Airbnb. Learn more here.

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Continuing Education Courses


The Adaptive Design Association offers one-day courses to teachers, therapists, and other professionals in health care and education.  Except as noted, courses are also open to: users of adaptive equipment, their support teams, anyone else interested in the topic.


Courses meet from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, and cost $250 per person.

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Click course title for course description and fees.                                                         Click registration button for available dates.

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The Adaptive Design Association is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Approved Provider Program for continuing education. 

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Intensive Course

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Offered three times per year, our 30-hour week-long intensive course provides students with an immersive hands-on experience. Combining and building upon our three day-long courses: “Introduction to Cardboard Carpentry and Adaptive Design”, “Introduction to Switches, Electronics, and Adaptive Design” “Introduction to Seated Positioning”, this intensive additionally provides students with invaluable direct experience through fittings, local field trips, and participation in our “Made to Learn” program. 

2020 Dates: TBA

Cost: TBD



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We welcome volunteers to the Adaptive Design Association through our Summer Internship Program. Our application cycle opens January 15th and closes March 1st, with notification in early April. Please check back for more information. 

(Note: During the academic year we only accept internships through co-op and participating accredited programs as interns must be placed at ADA four days per week.)

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We love sharing what we do. If you want something beyond our current offerings, please do not hesitate to contact us!