Please see below for ways to get involved with us. In particular, we are looking for experienced toy adapters to lead our workshops with the Dean’s Scholars Program.
HuskyADAPT events and opportunities:
Toy Adaptation with UW Engineering Dean’s Scholars Program
September 20th and 21st, 1 – 3 pm PST
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.
Virtual Fall Kickoff Event
October 6th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm PST
The new academic year is right around the corner! If you are interested in learning more about HuskyADAPT and the ways that you can get involved with our Design, Toy Adaptation, Outreach, and GoBabyGo programs this year, please join us for our fall kick-off event on October 6th (RSVP aspomer) with any questions.
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 PST
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).
August Toy Adaptation
Thank you to everyone who attended our August toy adaptation workshop. The toys adapted at this event will be donated to schools, clinics, and families in the local area. If you missed this event but are interested in toy adaptation, we will be hosting more events during fall quarter.
Student Exec Board Adaptation
Recently, a few members of our exec board got together to adapt toys and talk about plans for the upcoming year. We have an awesome leadership team and are excited to kick off a new school year!
Accessibility Text: Executive board members Tom, Maddie, and Molly sit around a conference room table covered in toys, soldering irons, and hand tools during the Exec Board Toy Adaptation Workshop.
Opportunities from our collaborators and friends:
Huskies for Neurodiversity Job Openings
Deadline: September 5th, 11:59 pm PST
Huskies for Neurodiversity, a UW student organization, is recruiting for paid and non-paid opportunities to help promote visibility for the neurodivergent community. These positions include UI/UX designers, audio/visual producers, captioners, panel planners, writers, and graphic designers. Neurodivergent students are highly encouraged to apply. For a detailed description of the available job opportunities please tiarast) with any questions.
Undergraduate Research Assistant Position
Deadline: September 6th
The Inclusive Design Lab (IDL) is looking for one or two Disability Studies or HCDE undergraduate students to fill research assistant positions for Autumn Quarter (September – December). Selected research assistant(s) will join a project working at the intersection of accessible technology design, non-visual interaction, artificial intelligence, and privacy. All interested applicants can learn more about the project and apply astangl) with any questions about the position.
Designing a World for Everyone: 30 Years of Inclusive Design Webinar
September 14th, 9 – 11 am PST
The Institute for Human Centered Design is hosting a webinar on September 14th from 9 – 11 am PST. In this talk, the centre’s co-founder Jeremy Myerson,
author of the book Designing a World for Everyone: 30 Years of Inclusive Design, will map the parameters of inclusive design through the lens of design research projects in which he has participated. Registration is free and closed captioning will be provided.
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.