Our Team

Some of the people who make this initiative possible:

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It’s exhilarating to witness design solutions take shape alongside developing friendships.  ADA Syracuse is asking “Why not?” while welcoming and celebrating the creativity of every member of our community.  Simply nonstop positivity! – Lisa Neville, MS, OTR/L., Occupational Therapist,  Jowonio School, Syracuse.
ADA is a fantastic way for people to pool their skills and abilities to help each other co-design a better world. – James W. R. Fathers, PhD. Director, Syracuse University School of Design
Adaptive Design is positive, creative, and important! Adaptive design builds community.  – Nienke Dosa MD, MPH, Spina Bifida Center of Central New York, Golisano Children’s Hospital
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I think that ADA Syracuse represents the ‘sweet spot’ where people come together to build solutions that have instant impact. – Don Carr, Professor of Design, Syracuse University
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ADA provides families and therapists the opportunity to collaboratively design and construct adaptive equipment to support participation at home, at school and in the community. – Anne Marie Abt, PT, DPT, PCS, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. Physical Therapist in the Jamesville DeWitt Central School District
To be a part of ADA Syracuse is to “Think Outside the Box!” To connect people, have fun, save money, be creative, recycle, solve problems, make challenging things more accessible, important things easier to reach for, share some goodness… – Monica Weber, Physical Therapist Assistant, Jowonio School, Syracuse
The ADA has a unique ability of having therapists, designers, and (most importantly) families work alongside each other in a creative space, without the bounds of wait periods or price tags -Peyton Sefick, Project Coordinator, Fitness Inclusive Network
ADA Syracuse is an invaluable resource because it brings community together in creating unique products that help to highlight children’s full abilities, in a fun, creative, and truly inclusive environment – Connor McGough, Industrial Designer, Instructor at Syracuse University’s School of Design
ADA Syracuse provides an essential community resource to children and families in Central New York. In addition to affordable, low-cost solutions related to seating, positioning, and access to play, ADA Syracuse is a catalyst for families, professionals, and community members to come together and work side by side to create something very valuable for a child and their family. Teri Smith, MS Ed, Spec Ed, ATS-Special Education Teacher, Assistive Technology Specialist, Early Intervention Provider, Liberty POST Program, Syracuse.
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ADA Syracuse is the perfect combination of doing good, having fun, and bringing people together in a time when that cohesiveness is so important.  – Jesse Evensky, Equipment Coordinator, SUNY Upstate Development, Behavior and Genetics outpatient clinic
Adaptive design offers endless possibilities for children with disabilities. As their bodies and needs change, having rapid access to custom-made equipment can facilitate learning and independence to help them move forward. It is highly motivating to work with a team of such talented designers and professionals who listen carefully to the families and offer solutions to some of the many challenges we face daily. ADA integrates and promotes collaboration among professionals, teachers, families and caregivers, while it fosters inclusion and education. Hopefully one day every community will have access to their own ADA. – Natalia Lester, Parent
Adaptive Design has changed the way we look at the “special needs world” it has given our son, Landon and our entire family opportunity. Opportunity… to do things a little easier, to play, to be creative, to network and most of all to be part of something so amazing. – Lindsey and David Potter
Just keep trying, it’s all you can do – Michelle Patchett
Participating in the Adaptive Design workshop was a wonderful experience.  We came away not only with fresh ideas, but with new skills and a custom designed piece of equipment that provides independence and makes life easier for us every day!  -Julie and Addison Gridley



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