Here's a post for you teachers and rehab specialists out there with the ability to think out of the box. Maybe that should be think about the box?
Adaptive Design Association, located in New York City, ADA is a non-profit whose mission is to make customized equipment for people (and especially children) with special needs. They use and reuse inexpensive material like cardboard, fabric, brown paper bags, wood, plastic, and basic electronics to make chairs, toys, and physical therapy equipment which can be custom designed for a person's exact dimensions and needs.
They hold workshops, where you can learn basic skills in cardboard carpentry. There's enough time in one class to build something you can take home and use.
ADA envisions a day when adaptive design services are widely recognized as an indispensable resource for children and all people with disabilities and customized equipment is being produced quickly, affordably, and locally.
To learn more, contact:
Adaptive Design Association, Inc.
313 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018