Archive for the ‘Adaptive Design’ Category

Lab RA Noah Kenneally 2011 recipient URO Scholarship

June 26th, 2012

Noah Kenneally, a 2011 recipient of an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Award

Noah Kenneally, a 4th year full-time student in the Early Childhood Education program, was one of the recipients of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholars Program, an initiative of the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovations. For three months, Noah coordinated his own research project, fitting within existing research being done by ECE Faculty Professor Jason Nolan and Alumni Alison Gaston.

Community Living Toronto Early Childhood Services came to the Studio to learn Adaptive Design techniques and provided professional feedback to the workshop curriculum design. Nancy Hendy, Manager of Early Childhood Services is pictured here with Noah, learning how to make a rocker seat.

His project, entitled “Researching Skills Development in Adaptive Design and the Creation of Objects for Children with Disabilities”, involved inquiry into how to best support development of the skills of Adaptive Design. Adaptive Design is a philosophy of inclusion and a suite of skills and techniques used in the creation of “assistive devices” – objects that respond to specific needs and that improve the lives of people (primarily children) with disabilities, allowing them to be more autonomous and independent.

Painting an adaptive design corner seat, or jig. The Studio Interns developed a fruit theme for the seats built last summer – including a pineapple, a kiwi, and a watermelon.

By researching various curricula of experiential learning and hands-on education, Noah was able to explore how combining theoretical and practical knowledge work together to effectively construct meaningful and personal knowledge, skills and learning opportunities.

A fully functioning test cardboard computer keyboard. The different modules test different aspects of the design, but can all be connected to a computer to provide adapted word processing capabilities.

Noah spoke about his project and his URO experience to assembled guests and fellow undergraduate researchers at Celebrating Research Excellence, the URO Scholars Celebration event on October 6th, 2011.

Talking sleeve: update

June 25th, 2012

The work continues. The patches shown here were hand sewn.

We’re now using a machine but our lab tech, Oana, discovered that conductive thread is tricky to sew. She tried using conductive thread on top and regular thread in the bobbin and that seems to be working well.


















Adjustable desk or adjustable me? Rubina’s standing work station

June 20th, 2012

Adjustable desks give you the option to sit or stand and are supercool. Making the desk adjustable is pretty complicated and required more time than I wanted to invest. I read something that said, “Adjust yourself.” Since I can’t stand all day, the option to sit was also a requirement. I work in a cardboard lab so it only made sense that I figure out a way to make it with cardboard.

In the above picture, the desktop is pulled out slightly to allow room for my knees when I do sit down. The pics below are of the cardboard supports I made. Check out our videos to see the techniques for creating layers of cardboard that can provide the strength to do this and how to join them together . You can also see what other resources I used here, on Delicious.


























Sae’s perch chair

June 20th, 2012

A perch chair for a child. Painted by our Artist in Residence, Sae Kimura.


excited to paint my sideways ‘longboard’ #stimmy rocker tomorrow. btw it rocks!

June 17th, 2012

Melanie McBride, EDGE Lab Research Assistant and graduate student in the Communications and Culture program at York University, is completing her first Adaptive Design build in our Adaptive Design this week, as part of her studies.


Playdough Theremin

June 11th, 2012

Make music with conductive play dough. Find the recipe
and instructions for the theremin on the University of St. Thomas’ Squishy Circuits site.


Sae’s rocker

May 24th, 2012

The EDGE Lab’s artist in residence makes and decorates her first rocker.


Governer General visits the EDGE Lab

May 20th, 2012

Jason Nolan, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Studies and Director of the Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab, presents student’s custom Adaptive Design creations to His Excellency The Right Honourable David Lloyd Johnston Governor General of Canada and Her Excellency Sharon Johnston on their visit to the EDGE Lab March 14, 2012.






























Update: Latest version of the tummy glider

May 20th, 2012

Here’s an adaptive device on wheels made to support a child’s torso and provide mobility during tummy time. The base is made of 1/8″ MDF cut using a laser cutter.


Update: After receiving feedback we made some modifications. The current version is the same width but half the height and length. We were using a soft cushion but it didn’t provide enough support. Rather than padding it more, we looked for better quality cushioning. The folks at Foamite generously donated some foam for us to try. It’s 1″, extra firm, and soy-based.

















EDGE Lab at Science Rendezvous

May 20th, 2012

Science Rendezvous is a national event dedicated to featuring scientific research happening in Canada. Ryerson University was showcased at Yonge and Dundas Square and the EDGE Lab was there.

People were able to experience the conductivity of play dough by making music with a theremin, learn some basic cardboard carpentry skills and have a tour of the adaptive devices we’ve created.

Click here to view the pics.