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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Stander Update

I've been working furiously to complete the stander that Nestor and I made for Amelia at Adaptive Design.  Loving the painting fun part!  Here's what I have so far.

The front with a not-yet-painted castle:




And these are the two sides.  I'm also working on a rose garden around the bottom.  I'll post the finished product including the little girl who will be using it in the next few days! 

It's been remarkable spending time over at Adaptive Design.  Their mission is to provide equipment for every child that needs it.  If you can dream it, they will build it.  I am overwhelmed by their talent and commitment to the community.   I am hoping to create an Adaptive Design community in our new hometown of  LA.   To bring the simplicity and efforts that have started here to another place will be an adventure indeed! 

Due to our economy, they are having a really hard time keeping their doors open.  Please, if you're looking for a worthwhile place to donate any amount of money, Adaptive Design is above and beyond anything I've seen before.  They are building eco-friendly, kid friendly adaptive equipment out of basically "found" materials.  They use Fresh Direct and Whole Foods boxes, Trader Joe's brown paper bags for sealing the edges of the cardboard.  Their tools of choice are jig saws, steak knives, elmer's glue, dowels and sand paper.  Can it be any more simple???????  This is good for our kids, our wallets and our planet.  You can't imagine how strong and durable their pieces are.  And they're not trying to "give you a fish" but are so happy to teach you "how to fish".  They are offering classes as a model to what you can do yourself.  They're happy to make the equipment for you and get paid -- don't get me wrong (and their prices are a fraction of what most adaptive equipment costs) but they would rather see their model expand globally.  

Adaptive Design's fundraising includes "Perch for a Purpose" and "Caring Chairs." Click on the link above to learn more about them. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

How Cute! She's gonna love it! Great job, Mom. See you soon.

Mom

TherExtras said...

Very impressive! Just tweeted this post.

Barbara