Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Adaptive Design Association

"The mission of the Adaptive Design Association (ADA) is to ensure that children with disabilities obtain the customized equipment they need to fully participate in home, school, and community life."

"ADA’s work is rooted in the spirit of "appropriate technology," an approach used extensively by technical assistance organizations in developing countries to solve problems through the design and application of cost-effective and practical solutions...
Appropriate technology ensures sustainability by drawing on the skills and expertise of the target beneficiaries—a practice that is imperative to the successful design and implementation of adaptive equipment. At ADA we use the guiding principles of appropriate technology to create effective, low-cost, and durable equipment that meets the specific needs of each child."

It follows that the application of an open source approach to design is essential to the ADA for designs to be repeated and adapted.

via Treehugger

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