Project creates cardboard adaptations for kids with disabilities | Temple Now

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Mark Ovington sitting in his custom-designed adaptive chair
Mark Ovington, 5, tests out the chair designed for him through Adaptive Design Greater Philadelphia as his mother, Andrea Krajci, watches. Kim Singleton of Temple’s Institute on Disabilities later put finishing touches on the chair. (Photography by Ryan S. Brandenberg)
Improving access to change lives
The project Temple created with the grant, Adaptive Design Greater Philadelphia, aims to change the lives of children like Mark and their families by making adaptations more affordable and accessible to them. Because young children grow so quickly, acquiring multiple specialized commercial devices to help them move or play is often out of reach and inaccessible for families. A commercial device can cost hundreds of dollars, while materials to make cardboard adaptations generally cost less than $50.
“If you go and get something commercially made, it’s very expensive, it takes a very long time, and you can’t incorporate what that child loves when you do it,” said Kim Singleton, director of assistive technology programs at Temple’s Institute on Disabilities. “By using cardboard, we can turn that challenge into a successful part of that person’s life.”
Besides being durable and highly customizable, cardboard adaptations can also be altered to grow with the children they’re designed for as they get older, or simply be customized to pass down to another child.
“The beauty of cardboard is it’s easy to manipulate and easy to cater to another child. So when one child outgrows our customizable pieces, another child can be re-fit to their needs,” said Russell Goldstein, project manager for Adaptive Design Greater Philadelphia. “If done properly, it’s very sustainable.”
Source: Project creates cardboard adaptations for kids with disabilities | Temple Now


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