I want to share with you something close to my heart. When I moved back to New York 10 (wow!) years ago, I had finally found my calling. I went back to school and began my career as a teacher of students with severe and multiple disabilities including deafblindness.
The Adaptive Design Association (ADA), a small non-profit in Midtown Manhattan, has for 17 years supported children with disabilities all over the world to reach their full potential by providing them with the adaptations they need to succeed--and exceed limitations.
I learned about ADA during grad school at Hunter and again when I worked with the blind and visually impaired at the Guild. But the past two years, ADA has shown tremendous support in my role as a classroom teacher. They have made adaptations for positioning, seating, and games for my students creating new opportunities. Additionally, I volunteer with them each week assisting with construction, adaptations, and ideas.
ADA relies on its supporters to ensure that no child is refused adaptive equipment because of their inability to pay, and that no community or school is unable to start an Adaptive Design Center on their own.]
This year I am joining their fundraiser, the 2015 Chair-A-Thon, as a Chair-A-Thoner on their Crowdrise webpage.
Please support my fight for ADA, and their powerful mission, by donating to the cause. Every little bit counts.
Thanks for your support.
P.S. To learn more, I you may visit ADA's website, read more on their official Crowdrise page, and follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
People with disabilities comprise the largest and most diverse “minority” worldwide. Approximately 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have a disability* and the older we get, the greater the chance we will become ill or disabled. Whatever the diagnosis, it will be the assumption of limitation, and lack of adaptation, that will become our biggest challenge. Together, we can get the right adaptations at the right time to chidren with disabilities in NY and all over the world.
- $500 will benefit our Never Say No policy so that a child with disabilities can receive the right adaptation to learn, play, and grow.
- $1,000 will support our Made to Learn Program and the education of one of our learners so that they can go on to supply hundreds of people with disabilities the adaptations they need to succeed—and exceed limitations.
- $1,500 will encourage the growth of Adaptive Design Centers all over the world to meet the needs of children in any community.
Join our participating teams or help them reach their fundraising goals to support our efforts in fabricating, educating, and replicating.
To learn more about the Adaptive Design Association please visit our website and subscribe to our newsletter.
*U.S. Census Bureau (2012). Report Released to Coincide with 22nd Anniversary of the ADA. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb12-134.html