UT Student Design Projects

“It’s exciting being able to give back to the community in such a creative way. Using the skills we have learned over the years to help the disabled community. Providing maybe a little luxury or just making lives easier and seeing everything come together is why we chose engineering in the first place. Seeing Willy smile when it was really heartwarming. We had a great experience working with the Ability Center and I hope they continue working with the University.”

Collin Mccabe

UT Senior Design Students looking for Disability-Related Projects

The Ability Center collaborates with the University of Toledo and its Senior Design program to help area citizens with disabilities solve independent living problems through technology and innovation. These are typically projects that develop products unique to the needs of an individual, perhaps creating something that does not currently exist in the marketplace, like a dog treat dispenser for someone with limited use of the hands, or a device for lifting a walker into a car trunk.

If you have a need or an idea for a project that could benefit individuals with disabilities, please contact us.

Adaptive Engineering Design Projects

For the past several years, The Ability Center and the University of Toledo Engineering students have collaborated on adaptive engineering design projects to assist individuals with disabilities achieve independence through the UT Engineering Senior Design program. An adaptive design project can be something to assist in the workplace, school, or the community. All materials are the responsibility of the Engineering Department. Examples of previous projects:

  • A scooter converted into a golf cart for a youth individual
  • A walker lift for a hatchback car
  • A riding lawn mower converted with hand controls
  • An art table that connects to a wheelchair