HuskyADAPT Newsletter: September 1st, 2021

Hi HuskyADAPT,

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

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

RSVP

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

Submission Form

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).

HuskyADAPT news:

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

Application

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

Application

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

Registration

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.

Thanks!

HuskyADAPT Newsletter: 8/17/21

Hi HuskyADAPT!

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

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

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

Submission Form

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).

HuskyADAPT news:

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).

Thanks!

Newsletter 8/2/21

Hi HuskyADAPT!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up! Please see below for ways to join in. In particular, we are still looking for a couple of volunteers to help with a GoBabyGo car build this Friday.

HuskyADAPT events and opportunities:

GoBabyGo! Car Build

August 7th, 8 am – 2 pm

GoBabyGo!, our sister organization in Rehabilitation Medicine, is hosting a ride-on car build this Friday (8/7) from 8 am – 2 pm on the UW campus. UW GoBabyGo works with families, children, and community partners to provide modified ride-on cars that promote early mobility for children with disabilities. If you love adapting toys with us, you will absolutely love this event! All volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated and wear masks during the build. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Anya Prasad (aprasa) by tomorrow (August 3rd).

HuskyADAPT 2021-2022 Design Project Submissions

Submission Form

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.

August Toy Adaptation

August 24th, 3 – 5 pm

Location provided after RSVP

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 but an RSVP is required. No prior toy adaptation experience is necessary but an sloanm4) with questions about this event.

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 news:

HuskyADAPT WiSE Toy Adaptation Event
Earlier this summer we hosted a toy adaptation event with the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Summer Bridge Program. Thank you to WiSE for joining us for the event and to all of our volunteers for their help ensuring everything ran smoothly!


Accessibility Text: A group of students wearing masks standing up against a wall in a classroom holding lamps that they adapted at the workshop.

HuskyADAPT Student Executive Board Adaptation Event

Some members from our student executive board met earlier this summer to adapt toys and chat about the upcoming year. We have an incredibly talented and motivated student executive board that is gearing up for another awesome year with HuskyADAPT!

Accessibility text: A group of four students wearing masks look at the camera while they sit around a conference table that is covered in toys, soldering irons, and other adaptation hand tools.

Opportunities from our collaborators and friends:

Call for study participants

Screening questionnaire

We are a group of researchers from The University of Washington, and we would like to invite you to participate in a study to help develop new touch metrics to make touch screens more accessible to people with fine motor control challenges. Study participants will complete a series of pointing tasks on an interactive tabletop and answer a short questionnaire on the task. The study takes about 45 minutes and no more than an hour. The compensation for the study will be $40 cash for completing the study. Eligible participants must be atleast 18 years old, be in the greater Seattle area, have limited fine motor function, and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be able to wear a face mask. If you are interested, please fill out this questionnaire.
Seattle Children’s PlayGarden Summer Jam 2021

Friday August 20th, 4:30 – 7:30 pm

The Seattle Children’s PlayGarden is hosting a family-friendly barbeque to celebrate the completion of the Pathway for Play project on Friday, August 20th. The event is open to all and will include music, food, drinks, and guest performances. You can learn more about the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden and its mission here!

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).

Thanks!

HuskyADAPT Newsletter 7/7/21

Hi HuskyADAPT!

Happy summer! Please see below for ways to get involved with us!

HuskyADAPT events and opportunities:

WiSE Toy Adaptation Event

June 9th 1:30 – 4:00 pm

We are hosting a toy adaptation event this Friday for the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Summer Bridge program. We are in need of a couple extra experienced toy adaptators (attended atleast 2 adaptation sessions) that are comfortable leading others through the toy adaptation process. If you are interested in helping out on Friday, please email our Toy Adaptation chair, Maddie Sloan (sloanm4). You can learn more about the WiSE Bridge Program here.

HuskyADAPT Adapted Toy Request

Do you or someone you know need adapted toys? Please nzaino) with any questions about this program.

HuskyADAPT news:

HuskyADAPT Design Showcase
Thank you to all those that attended our end-of-year virtual design showcase last month! Our design teams worked incredibly hard over the last year on their accessible design projects and came up with some very creative final solutions. If you missed the event and are curious about the projects, we will be posting accessible versions of the final posters on our website soon! Our design chairs are working hard this summer to plan our next round of design projects that will kick off in the fall. If you or someone you know has an idea for a design project, you can submit ideas here.

Accessibility Text: Screenshot of a Zoom window displaying a poster titled ‘Toy B’. The poster includes a mission statement, background, research, and an outline of the design for the Toy B design project. Accessible versions of all team posters will be available on our website soon.

Opportunities from our collaborators and friends:

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).

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.

Stanford University: Sit to Stand Research Study Recruitment

The Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab at Stanford University is currently recruiting participants for a study that you can participate in from home. In this study, you’ll have your movement analyzed and contribute to mobile health and human movement research. You can complete the study in around 20 minutes on a smartphone. It consists of: (1) Recording a video with 5 sit-to-stand movements (2) Filling out a questionnaire. If you are interested in participating, go to https://sit2stand.ai/ on your mobile device. This opportunity is open to anyone in the US that is over 18 years old and can safely move from sitting to standing. Participants will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Study questions can be directed to 1-866-680-2906.

Thanks!

Newsletter: May 20th, 2021

Hi HuskyADAPT!

Please see below for ways to get involved with us and our partners. We are especially excited to announce our 2021-2022 leadership team!

HuskyADAPT events and opportunities:

HuskyADAPT Design Showcase

RSVP

Our design teams are working hard to wrap up their year-long projects. We hope that you join us for our end-of-year design showcase where teams will be able to show off their final designs. This event is open to all members of the HuskyADAPT community. Automatic captioning will be provided. However, please contact Alyssa (aspomer) if you have any questions or additional requests.

HuskyADAPT Adapted Toy Request

Do you or someone you know need adapted toys? Please nzaino) with any questions about this program.

HuskyADAPT news:

Announcing our 2021-2022 Leadership Team!

Accessibility Text: Photos of all executive board members. Members include: Alyssa Spomer (student chair). Molly Mollica (past student chair), Nicole Zaino (toy adaptation), Sam Mak (toy adaptation), Maddie Sloan (toy adaptation), Anya Prasad (GoBabyGo!), Kaya Bramble (design), Tom Mikolyuk (design), Katie Borgia (design), and Alicia Chen (communications)

Accessibility Text: Photos of all HuskyADAPT ambassadors. Members include: Joy Chen, Avry Freaney, Roshni Sabhaya, Alexander Novokhodko, Halina Buly, Amanda Ki, Jay Lin, and Kaitlin Danh

Opportunities from our collaborators and friends:

Designing with Bodies in Mind: Aimi Hamraie and Joel Sanders

May 21st 2:00 – 3:00 pm PST

RSVP

This conversation will explore inclusivity in the built environment through discussion of non-compliant bodies, intersectional coalition building, and universal design. This event is hosted by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, College of Built Environments, and the UW Disability Studies Program and is open to all! CART captioning and ASL interpretation 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.

Thanks!

Alyssa

HuskyADAPT Newsletter: May 4th 2021

Hi HuskyADAPT!

Please see below for ways to get involved with us in May! Make sure to check out the opportunity to join the Disability Allyship Workshop hosted by the ASUW Student Disability Commission happening this afternoon.

HuskyADAPT events and opportunities:

HuskyADAPT Adapted Toy Request

Do you or someone you know need adapted toys? Please nzaino) with any questions about this program.

HuskyADAPT Slack Channel Challenges

Join Slack

In the upcoming months, we will be posting a series of challenges on our Slack channel with the opportunity to win some HuskyADAPT swag! The challenges will be designed to foster community engagement and discussion while we are all working remotely and will be accessible to all in the HuskyADAPT community. We will post more information about the challenges on Slack in the next few weeks, so be sure to join our channel!

HuskyADAPT news:

Virtual Toy Adaptation

We recently hosted our second virtual toy adaptation event for the HuskyADAPT community! Thank you to everyone who participated and a huge thank you to Avry Freaney, one of our Toy Adaptation Chairs, for coordinating the event. Keep an eye on future newsletters for our next virtual event.

Leadership Board Applications

We had a lot of great applicants for our 2021-2022 leadership board. Thank you to all those who applied! We have a very passionate group of folks that will be working as ambassadors and executive board members this year and are very excited to start planning out Fall quarter! We will be announcing our new board in the upcoming newsletter.

April Toy Donation Event

We recently held our April toy donation event and distributed 11 toys to members of the Seattle community. Thank you to Nicole Zaino, one of our Toy Adaptation Chairs, for organizing these events and ensuring that we can get these toys out into the community!

Accessibility Text: Photo of Nicole Zaino wearing a blue face mask and HuskyADAPT t-shirt holding a toy in front of a brick building. Nicole has short brown hair and clear glasses.

Opportunities from our collaborators and friends:

ASUW Student Disability Commission Disability Allyship Workshop

May 4th 4:30 – 5:30pm PST

RSVP

The ASUW Student Disability Commission is hosting a Disability Allyship Workshop. This event is perfect for non-disabled people to learn how to be a better ally to the disability community. This hour-long workshop will teach you about the models of disability, language, intersectionality, and strategies to avoid ableism/disability discrimination. If you are unable to attend, a recording will be made available after the event on the asuwsdc1) with questions.

Seattle Design Festival

August 21-22nd Lake Union Park

The annual Seattle Design Festival is coming back to Lake Union Park this fall with the goal of bringing together a design community to engage, inform, and collaborate with the public. In an effort to make the festival more inclusive for smaller projects, they have added Pop-up programs to this year’s festival. These programs are short, 2-3 hour long events to showcase art and STEM projects, host micro-conferences or seminars, create interactive and participatory installations, and much more! If you want to know more about this event or find out how to participate, please check out the Design Festival info

HuskyADAPT Newsletter: April 16th, 2021

Hi HuskyADAPT! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine! Please see below for ways to get involved with us. As a reminder, our leadership role applications will be closing this Wednesday at 11:59 pm.

HuskyADAPT events and opportunities:

HuskyADAPT Toy Adaptation Workshop

April 21st: 5:30 – 7:30 pm PST

RSVP by April 16th

We are hosting another virtual toy adaptation! We will be distributing toy adaptation kits for participants to join in on a virtual toy adaptation session over Zoom. This event is open to all UW students. No toy adaptation experience is necessary, but an avryf).

HuskyADAPT Leadership Role Applications

Deadline: April 21st 11:59 pm PST

Application link

Our application is live for both our student executive chairs and HuskyADAPT ambassador positions. Please contact Molly Mollica (mollica with questions about the application process

The HuskyADAPT Student Executive Chairs are the student leaders who plan and facilitate most of the opportunities listed in these emails. Time commitment is ~5 hours per week.

  • HuskyADAPT Student Chair: Coordinates Student Exec Board meetings, serves as the main HuskyADAPT contact, communicates with faculty advisors, organizes finances and spearheads funding applications, and mentors/supports other officers. Useful skills/experiences include leadership (especially previous leadership with HuskyADAPT), communication, organization, and event management.
  • Toy Adaptation Chairs: Leader for on-campus toy adaptation efforts and for toy donation and distribution (including leading collaborations with toy library organizations such as the PNW Adapted Toy Library and a growing collaboration with King County Library System.) Essential skills include ability to plan and facilitate events (2 events per month, 20 to 50 people per event), expertise in toy adaptation, and strong organizational skills. Helpful experiences include regular attendance at toy adaptation events.
  • Community Engagement Chairs: Leader for community engagement through partnerships with K-12 students, industry partners, and clinical partners. Note that this includes all toy adaptation and design events held off-campus as well as on-campus K-12 outreach such as tours and Discovery Days. Essential skills include ability to plan and facilitate events, expertise in toy adaptation, and strong organizational skills.
  • GoBabyGo Chair: Responsible for helping develop a sustainable UW GoBaby Go program integrated with HuskyADAPT. This may include coordinating volunteers and necessary logistics for GoBabyGo workshops, assisting with marketing development for the GoBabyGo program and workshops, overseeing GoBabyGo design team(s), leading the GoBabyGo Committee. Helpful experiences/skills include knowledge of the national GoBabyGo organization, ability to plan and lead events, and passion for inclusion and importance of early mobility for children with disabilities. Previous toy or car adaptation experience or electrical/wiring experience a plus! This position will also require additional planning meetings with the Co-Directors of UW Go Baby Go from Rehab Medicine, Shawn Rundell and Heather Feldner.
  • Design Chairs: Leader for student design projects that tackle accessibility challenges in our community. This includes determining suitable design projects, creating design teams, mentoring and teaching technical skills to design teams, and hosting “designathon” events (similar to a hackathon) to make progress on a design problem in one day. Essential skills include design knowledge and experience and organizational skills.
  • Communication Chairs: Leader of communication! Manages and updates the HuskyADAPT website and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), creates flyers about events occurring through the year. Helpful skills include WordPress, social media skills, organization and communication skills.

HuskyADAPT Ambassadors are student leaders who support the Student Exec Board by attending events and serving as leaders at those events. Time commitment is ~30 minutes per week (about 1 event per month.)

  • HuskyADAPT Ambassador: Interested in HuskyADAPT but aren’t ready or don’t have the time to commit to a Student Executive Board position (5 hours/week)? HuskyADAPT Ambassador is a position for students that are particularly engaged in HuskyADAPT that we can call upon when we need extra help tabling an event, attending/teaching toy adaptation, giving feedback to design teams, or etc. We would like Ambassadors to attend about 1 event/month, which will result in a time commitment of ~30 mins/week or 2 hours/month. Note that this is a substantial but smaller commitment than the Executive Chair positions above.

HuskyADAPT Slack Channel Challenges

Join Slack

In the upcoming months, we will be posting a series of challenges on our Slack channel with the opportunity to win some HuskyADAPT swag! The challenges will be designed to foster community engagement and discussion while we are all working remotely and will be accessible to all in the HuskyADAPT community. We will post more information about the challenges on Slack in the next few weeks, so be sure to join our channel!

HuskyADAPT news:

Spring Design Review: Last week, our design teams presented their current design solutions to the HuskyADAPT community. Thank you to everyone that attended and offered feedback to the teams. It was exciting to see all of the innovative work that our teams are doing and we are looking forward to the final designs! If you missed the design review, you can check out a recording here. Accessibility Text: A screenshot of a design team’s zoom presentation. The slide is titled ‘Design’ and includes a bulleted list of safety features, Bluetooth kit parameters, and app development guidelines pertinent to the design. It also includes images of wiring diagrams for the Bluetooth kit.

Spring Kickoff Meeting: Last week we also hosted our Spring quarter kickoff meeting where we discussed how new and existing HuskyADAPT members can get involved with us. You can view the recording for that meeting here.

Opportunities from our collaborators and friends:

Engineering Innovation in Health Info Session

April 26th 4:30 – 5:30pm PST

RSVP

Engineering Innovation in Health is a 3-quarter capstone design sequence that promotes collaborations between engineering and health sciences to develop technical solutions to pressing challenges in healthcare. The course is open to all UW BS seniors, MS, and PhD students in engineering. If you are interested in learning more about the course, consider RSVPing for the info session or visiting eih.uw.edu.

Study on the Impact of the Pandemic on Play Access and Inclusion

We are a group of researchers from HuskyADAPT and the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology 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 disabled and caregivers, therapists, or other providers. You can join the study here.

Have a great weekend!