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2016 Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University hosts guest speakers and lecturers several times each year for its Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities. Experts in a wide variety of fields including Disability Studies, Assistive Technology, Leadership Development, and Social Policy present lectures and programs to students, parents, teachers and other professionals in the field of disabilities.


November 10, 2016
Adaptive Design Global: Build for One, Engage Everyone, Change Everything™


Presented by: Alex Truesdell, Adaptive Designer and Fabricator; Executive Director and Founder, Adaptive Design Association, Inc.

9:30 AM - 12 PM (Registration for this no-cost event begins at 8:30 AM.)

Howard Gittis Student Center, Room: 200 A/B,
1755 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
(Temple University main campus)

Directions: http://temple.edu/maps-and-directions

Parking information: http://campusoperations.temple.edu/parking-transportation/garages-lots

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Event Highlights:

  • Principles of creating custom adaptations to reduce barriers in positioning, communication, academics, mobility, self care, recreation, art, music, and employment
  • Roles of stakeholders in assessing, designing, and implementing adaptations
  • Impact of assistive technology (AT) on the lives of everyone involved in needing, envisioning, creating, and using AT

About the Presenter:

Photo of Alex TruesdellAlex Truesdell founded the Adaptive Design Association in 1998 based on an unwavering belief in the power of community, ingenuity, and human potential. She has taught adaptive design techniques and practices to thousands of people over the last 35 years, often using cardboard, white glue, and hand tools. Alex and the Adaptive Design Association are committed to ending the stigma and segregation of people with disabilities and inspiring lasting social change in the fields of education, design, and disability the world over. Alex was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2015.


More information

  • Act 48 credits available
  • Lecture is free but registration is required.
  • Requests for accommodations must be submitted by October 27, 2016


This Mini Course Lecture Series on Disabilities is supported by Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), funded through the Assistive Technology Act, Administration on Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service