Adaptive Designs is operated by Dave Barclay, MA, OTR, and has been a contracting occupational therapist with the SCCOE for the last 12 years and have been making adaptive equipment exclusively for the last 3 years.
I also make excellent wheelchair ramps for a reasonable fee.
- Advice is freely given. Sometimes the answer to your equipment needs is in your own closet. Maybe that old piece of equipment can be repaired or modified for specific needs.
- Fee: $75 for a one hour consultation/evaluation of the situation.
- Benefits: I have almost 20 years of experience to bring to a problem-solving session and can usually suggest several options. If a piece of equipment is decided upon (i.e. a custom chair with adjustable seat depth and height) I can take measurements immediately and give you an approximate delivery date as well as an estimate.
Equipment Design and Fabrication:
- Fee: $75 per shop hour.
- Benefits: I work mostly with wood, plastics and foam, and sometimes steel. I have a well equipped wood-shop and an industrial sewing machine for upholstery. I also have an excellent welding service that can fabricate metal designs as needed (i.e. steel mesh screen doors for autistic classrooms).
Modification/Repair of Existing Equipment:
- Fee: Hourly shop rate + travel time.
- Benefits: Often commercial therapy equipment needs modification to provide a specific benefit not available on original equipment, i.e.:
- A standing table needs a higher back plate and head support
- A large piece of equipment needs a specially designed tray to accommodate a communication device or toy holder
- A stationary piece of equipment would be more functional if it had wheels, etc.
- Equipment that cost a small fortune is broken and needs repair.
- Equipment does not exist in catalogues or a piece of equipment that worked really well has been discontinued.
- A cardboard mock up of a positioning devise works well and needs to be duplicated in a more durable material such as wood or plastic.