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. 


Courses & Workshops

Professional Development Workshops

The Adaptive Design Association offers one-day workshops to teachers, rehabilitation therapists, and other professionals in health care and education. Classes meet from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and cost $250. Courses  are regularly scheduled. Please check our calendar listings for upcoming dates.

Introduction to Cardboard Carpentry and Adaptive Design

This all-day workshop is designed for educators who wish to learn the basics of cardboard carpentry and its application to adaptive design. Students will learn material fundamentals as well as construction techniques including layering, measuring, cutting, bending, assembling, and edging. All students will build an individual piece of adaptive equipment to take back to their classrooms.

(Upcoming Dates TBA)

Introduction to Switches, Electronics, and Adaptive Design

This all-day workshop is designed for educators who wish to learn the basics of switches and their application to adaptive design. Students will work with conductive materials, build battery interrupters and custom switches, learn to solder, assemble 3D-printed custom switches, and modify off-the-shelf toys.

(Upcoming Dates TBA)

Introduction to Seated Positioning 

This one-day workshop is designed for rehabilitation clinicians responsible for seated positioning of clients with physical disabilities.  Participants will learn/review the primary principles and techniques for measuring a client, assessing positioning challenges for that client, and goals for dealing with those challenges.  Participants will design and build prototype seating adaptations from cardboard, based on clinical profiles. Note: This workshop is for rehabilitation therapists. Earn AOTA CEU

(Upcoming Dates TBA)

Field trips and visits

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.


Intensive Course


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



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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