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LHS Technology Students Design Adaptive Chairs for DDE
Friday, June 28, 2019
When occupational therapist Christine Vestigo and physical therapist Andrea Brown recently needed specialized chairs for their classroom at Donlin Drive Elementary, they first considered a few commercially-designed options.
The pair soon realized, however, that most options really didn’t fit their needs. So Vestigo and Brown reached out to Liverpool High School technology teacher Casey Ostrander and asked if a few of his students would be willing to design and build what they needed using some of the Liverpool Central School District’s extra child-sized wooden chairs.
LHS sophomores Ava Farino and Matthew Thomases stepped up to the challenge. Over six weeks, the pair designed and built three chairs, each featuring plexiglass sides to provide students with a little bit of extra support. The sophomores also engraved DDE’s name into each piece of plexiglass.
Ostrander, Farino and Thomases recently delivered the chairs and had the chance to see DDE students use them. Vestigo and Brown were extremely pleased with the finished products and hope to have additional adaptive chairs built in the future.