About Big Red APDI
The mission of Big Red Adaptive Play and Design Initiative (Big Red APDI) involves bridging the gap between Cornell students and the Ithaca special needs community. This is to be accomplished by reverse engineering and rewiring battery-operated toys by applying common engineering techniques to make these toys more accessible. These toys are then donated/lent to help supply the huge need for adaptive play technology in the Ithaca community and beyond.
As a club at Cornell, our plan is to tentatively host biweekly meetings that anyone can get involved in and that will serve as hands-on events for reverse engineering battery-operated toys to make them more accessible. No experience is required and students can expect to work in small groups at these events to learn the process of soldering, wire modification, and design.
In addition to toy adaptation, we also have plans of involving those interested to directly design assistive technology solutions, such as wheelchair attachments and communication device key-guards. There is a lot to get involved in and we hope you can join us in making a difference in the Ithaca community!
Learn more about our upcoming events and how to participate in them!
May 4, 2022
Join the Big Red APDI team for its first general meeting of the semester! During the meeting, our members will learn how to adapt toys to be donated to the Ithaca City School District Special Needs students. An analogous meeting was held May 2.
May 2, 2022
Join the Big Red APDI team for its first general meeting of the semester! During the meeting, our members will learn how to adapt toys to be donated to the Ithaca City School District Special Needs students. An analogous meeting will be held May 4.