Always Adapting

At ADA we are always adapting. After the initial shock of the current situation, our community rallied and we are redirecting our efforts to creating much-needed protective equipment for our clients and others on the frontline. As they work from home, our team is now sewing cloth masks and printing face shields to ensure our community members face no barriers to protect themselves and adhere to guidelines to help combat the spread of COVID 19.  

We have heard from a number of you and know this is a challenging time. We applaud your commitment to safety while creating accessibility and want to remind you that the team at ADA is always in your corner. We are away from our workshop but this challenge has presented us with an opportunity to provide support to you from a distance. As you spend more time at home allow us to be a resource to troubleshoot physical accessibility in your space and for your children and clients. 

If you spot a design challenge, set up a virtual brainstorm with our team today

On behalf of our board and staff, we wish you all wellness and safety during these extraordinary times. 

COVID-19 Response Gallery


July 15, 2020 - We now are making shields for a West Side nonprofit that has a homeless prevention program. With over 500 protective items distributed to combat the spread of COVID 19 so far, we still have requests coming in. Your support today matters to our community health tomorrow. Click below to donate.

July 30, 2020 - Thanks Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries@RMMnyc for continuing to serve our community. We are happy to help with providing cloth masks and shields for staff providing essential services. @CitizensNYC@WSCFgrants thanks for bringing us together.

August 6, 2020 - Thanks to our friends @TOM_NewYorkCity and alumni friends @NACKidsCan we delivered another round of shields, cloth masks, scrub hats, and ear-savers to the ICU department at St.Barnabas Hospital, BRONX NY. @TikkunOlamMakrs

August 12, 2020 - Courses go virtual! We are now offering Workstation Ergonomics, Introduction to Seated Positioning, Transparent Mask Making, Make a Folding Desk virtually!

August 28, 2020 - Virtual Sewing Fest save-the-date goes live. Sewers from across the world are uniting on September 24th to sew #clearmasks for cause at the first ever Virtual Sewing Fest! Share and tag #SEW4SMILES Register at and stay tuned for more info!

September 24, 2020 - Virtual Sew Fest was sew awesome, with over 80 participants on zoom. Watch the zoom recording here:

Adaptive Design resource page now available:

October 5, 2020 - Clear masks begin to arrive at the workshop from sewists around the country who participated in the Sew Fest. We expect to distribute over 80 masks by the end of the month to local DOE hearing services providers, students, and families.

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