Join us for an intimate conversation with modern-day visionary Alex Truesdell, Executive Director and Founder of the Adaptive Design Association, Inc. Like many ingenious ideas - Truesdell began the process that would eventually become the Adaptive Design Association in a garage. At that time she was trying to come up with simple and affordable solutions to assist her aunt after an acquired spinal cord injury. For over thirty years, an equity-based entrepreneurial spirit pervades Truesdell's Adaptive Design Association, Inc. With a "Never Say No" policy, the Adaptive Design Association refuses no one care.
Assisting thousands of children and adults around the world every year, the Adaptive Design Association is a global force for good in the disabilities community and beyond. Alex has taught hundreds of courses in adaptive design to professionals and parents throughout the Northeast, and through the Hilton-Perkins International Program, has trained educators in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, India, Poland, and Guatemala.
As ADA’s founding director, Alex draws on her tenure as founder and coordinator of the Assistive Device Center at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA—a school recognized internationally as a leader in the education of children who are blind and deaf-blind. In 1996, Alex was awarded a fellowship in International Community Development co-sponsored by the Partners of the Americas and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In addition to her experience in the field, Alex holds a Master's degree in Teaching the Visually Impaired from Boston College, and a Master's degree in Curriculum Development from Lesley University. Alex is co-author of the book Creative Constructions: Technologies that make adaptive design accessible, affordable, inclusive and fun.