Makers with
& without disabilities

Electronics, programming and fabrication tools are becoming more accessible everyday. We believe people with & without disabilities can make their world with technology, creativity and collaboration.

2 women working together on a switch accessible toy

Where MacGyver meet
Assistive Technology

Assistive technology enables communication, mobility, finanical independence and self expression - DIYAbility offers workshops and consultation for families and health care professionals to encourage the creative design and development. 


Future of Accessible Cities Window Display

The "Future of Accessible Cities" is a window display at 313 W 36th Street in the Adaptive Design Association store front window. A cardboard New York City skyline is the backdrop for a cardboard wheelchair from the future that has helicopter like features. People walking by can interact with the window via SMS - a sent message can trigger the wheelchair to fly into the sky. We want people to think about accessible cities, what the future will bring and what can they imagine and build to make accessibility universal.

Jul 06th 2014

Make Your Own Battery Interrupter

A battery interrupter is an apparatus that allows any simple, battery operated toy or device to be activated by an ability switch.  This would allow for the device to be accessible for an individual that has an impairment or disability; enabling access by an ability switch.  By having the skill level and components to make your battery interrupter at home, any battery operated device can be adapted for accessibility.  Within minutes you will have a toy that is easy to access for child with fine motor impairments or control a simple battery operated desk fan for an adult that cannot control the on/off button.

Apr 25th 2014

What is Assistive Technology?

What is Assistive Technology?

Very simply, assistive technology can be defined as the use of a device to help facilitate independence in an individual.  There are many examples of assistive technology or AT in our everyday life.  Glasses can be considered a form of AT as they will facilitate an person's ability to see.  A cane is also a form of AT, helping someone with their walking.  For individuals with disabilities, assistive technology can be used with various tasks such as computer access, communication, or control over the electronics in their home.  

Apr 14th 2014
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