A $75,000 grant awarded to the College of Education’s Institute on Disabilities from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation enabled the formation of Adaptive Design Greater Philadelphia. Adaptive Design Greater Philadelphia trains professionals to use creativity and innovation to help more families have access to adaptive equipment. They use inexpensive material along with enriching techniques to create sustainable cardboard adaptations. The project uses cardboard to reduce the cost of adaptive equipment from hundreds of dollars to less than 50 dollars.

Mark Ovington, a five-year-old with Cerebral Palsy is a recipient. The cardboard adapter helps Mark and his family enjoy the little things in life. Thanks to the sleek design of the cardboard adapter, Mark can now sit at the dining room with his family. Mark has a personalized Dead Pool themed chair, decorated by the Tyler School of Art. Follow the link to learn more about the grant’s collaborative mission and Mark’s story.

Photography by Ryan S. Brandenberg

Breanna Pegula