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.

Featured Blog Posts

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The Board of Directors 

Announces New Leadership

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Hercman as the new executive director. Jennifer succeeds Alex Truesdell, founder...


Circle Time at PS138M

We visited with Hayley Dick and her students at PS138 to deliver circle time benches. It was a privilege to see their lesson in action. All of the students...

Cross Country Collaboration

It has been about five years and a cross country move since I worked at Adaptive Design Association in New York, so it came as a surprise...


Our Courses

  • Hands-on cardboard carpentry
    Next dates: Nov 20, Dec 17

        Coming in January:  NEW Level 2 course

  • Seated positioning
    Next dates: Nov 18, Dec 18

        Coming in January:  NEW Workstation Ergonomics course

  • Switches and electronics
    Next date:  Dec 20

Coming in February: 

  • Custom User-Centered Adaptive Design

Special Events


Giving Tuesday

Dec 3

Upcoming Events
Contact Us
313 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
Monday - Friday,
9:00am - 5:00pm
212 904 1200
212 904 1700
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