Please see below for ways to get involved with HuskyADAPT. In particular, we are still looking for a couple of experienced toy adapters for the workshop on August 24th. We are also actively seeking design projects for our 2021-2022 design program!
HuskyADAPT events and opportunities:
August Toy Adaptation
August 24th, 3 – 5 pm Location provided after RSVP
Please join us for our August toy adaptation event on August 24th from 3 – 5 pm. The event will be in-person on the UW campus and is open to UW students, faculty, and staff in the HuskyADAPT community. No prior toy adaptation experience is necessary but an sloanm4) with questions about this event.
Toy Adaptation with UW Engineering Dean’s Scholars Program
September 20th and 21st, 1 – 3 pm
Location provided after RSVP
We will be hosting two toy adaptation sessions for the UW Engineering Dean’s Scholars Program on September 20th and 21st from 1 – 3 pm. We are in need of experienced toy adapters (attended 2+ adaptation sessions) that are comfortable leading others through the toy adaptation process to assist with these events. Both events will be in-person on the UW campus and masking and social distancing protocols, in accordance with UW guidelines, will be in place. If you are interested in helping at either event please RSVP here. You can learn more about the UW Engineering Dean’s Scholars Program here.
HuskyADAPT 2021-2022 Design Project Submissions
We are currently collecting project ideas for our design program for the 2021-2022 school year. Each year, HuskyADAPT forms teams of students from engineering, rehabilitation medicine, and other departments at UW to tackle design projects related to accessible design and play technology. If you or someone you know has an idea for a project that our design teams can work on this year, please fill out kayab) with any questions about the application.
Toy Adaptation with Seattle Children’s Hospital
October 6th, 8 – 11 am
We will be hosting a toy adaptation workshop for clinicians at Seattle Children’s Hospital in early October. We are in need of experienced toy adapters (attended 2+ adaptation sessions) that are comfortable leading others through the toy adaptation process for this event. The workshop will be on the UW campus and both masking and social distancing protocols will be in place, in accordance with UW guidelines. Please email Sam Mak (maks2) if you are interested in helping.
HuskyADAPT Mechanical Engineering Capstone Project
Do you want to do your senior design capstone with HuskyADAPT? HuskyADAPT will be sponsoring a senior design capstone project through the mechanical engineering department this year. If you are a senior in mechanical engineering or a related department with similar capstone requirements and are interested in working with HuskyADAPT on an accessibility-focused capstone, please email Alyssa Spomer (aspomer).
HuskyADAPT Bioengineering Capstone Project
We are currently gauging interest from the HuskyADAPT community for a Bioengineering-sponsored capstone project. If you are a senior in bioengineering or a department with similar capstone requirements and are interested in working with HuskyADAPT on an accessibility-focused capstone project, please email Alyssa Spomer (aspomer).
GoBabyGo Car Build
Our sister organization, GoBabyGo, hosted a car build earlier this month. At this event, volunteers modified ride-on cars to provide an alternative mobility solution for young children. Many of the cars that were modified at this event have already been passed off to local families! Thank you to the HuskyADAPT members who assisted with the build. The GoBabyGo team is planning to host more builds in the upcoming year, so keep an eye on our newsletter if you are interested in getting involved. If you have questions about GoBabyGo, please contact Anya Prasad (aprasa).
Accessibility Text: A person with dark hair, a white mask, and white headphones works on the circuit board of a white ride-on truck during the GoBabyGo car build.
Accessibility Text: A young person sits in a white ride-on car while two people kneel on either side and help adjust the car seatbelt The car was built as part of the GoBabyGo event and includes a big red button that causes the car to drive forward when pressed.
Opportunities from our collaborators and friends:
TCAT Survey on Play Access and Inclusion
The Coronavirus pandemic necessitated rapid, radical changes to global systems, structures and organizations across all areas of life, including recreation and social services. These changes were something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, for example, the situation informed innovation in provisioning services remotely. On the other, some people’s inability to access such technologies, together with increased social isolation, exacerbated forms of exclusion. This issue considers what lessons can be learned from the pandemic in striving to design a future that is more inclusive for all.
We are a group of researchers from HuskyADAPT and the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) at the University of Washington. We would like to invite you to participate in this study about how the pandemic has impacted access to play and recreation for learners with disabilities. Specifically, we are interested in responses from the following groups: people who identify as having a disability, caregivers, therapists, or other providers. Please join the study here. Participants will be eligible to have a free switch-adapted toy shipped to them.
Want to advertise in our newsletter?
We love to amplify the hard work of collaborators and friends of HuskyADAPT! If you want to share your event, research study, or opportunity in the HuskyADAPT biweekly newsletter please email Alyssa Spomer (aspomer) with a short (3-5 sentence) description of the opportunity (including dates/times) and any relevant links (RSVPs, Zoom, etc).