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Assistive technology comes in many shapes and sizes limited only by one's imagination. Have you ever caught yourself wondering how to grab, see or hear something just beyond your reach? Ever thought about a better way to get from point A to point B? How about a little something that would make life a bit easier? If so, then share your question, thought or even solution with Zebreda.

Remember, any time you find yourself facing a barrier you're probably not the first. More than likely, somebody has been at the exact same place and someone has found an answer.

Ask your question here and Zebreda will see what thoughts she has to offer. Who knows? One good idea can lead to another and then another.

7 thoughts on “Ask Zebreda

  1. Caitrin Lynch

    Hi Zebreda—I am very excited to share a website project that I co-created with my design colleague Sara Hendren. It includes our Manifesto on the future of assistive/adaptive design. Read below, share widely, and we'd love to hear your thoughts. We refer to (and link to) zebredamakesitwork as one of our inspirations at . Thank you for all your great work! Sincerely, Caitrin


    What counts as engineering? Robotics, 3D printing, code? How about cable ties, or peel-and-stick hooks? I am pleased to share a new website project ( about adaptive design and engineering, which I co-created with my Olin College colleague Sara Hendren—and with the help of many others. Read about Cindy, a Boston-area woman who awoke in a hospital room in 2009 at age 63 in a profoundly altered body, and then set to work remaking her world. From small hacks on her hand cream jar to repurposing cable ties for pulling out drawers and salad tongs for holding a sandwich, Cindy has embraced an everyday engineering ethic that she never thought possible. Cindy’s story illustrates new ways of understanding who can engineer, what counts as engineering, and why this matters. Please like our Facebook page and share with others ( Cindy is eager to hear what others have created so she can expand her own collection!

    Caitrin Lynch
    Professor of Anthropology
    Olin College of Engineering
    Needham MA 02492
    *Watch this video to learn
    more about Olin: *

    1. Buck

      Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.You definitely know what youre talking about, why throw awayyour inineltglece on just posting videos to your site whenyou could be giving us something informative to read?

  2. Amarjit Myers

    Hi Zebreda

    I work for Digital Science in London and help organise an event called SciFoo in San Francisco in July. We'd love to invite you - please let me have an email address I can send the info to and hopefully you will be int erestd in attending.

    many thanks

  3. Janis Lena Meissner

    Hi Zebreda,

    Unfortuantely, I could not find an email address, so I post my question here. I am a postgraduate student in Digital Civics and my current research is looking at how people with disabilities can and do make use of maker technologies. I came across your videos few months ago when I started preparing a maker workshop series specifically for people with physical impairments. I have found the clips really interesting and in fact the way how you talk about your inventions and design decisions has informed my work quite a lot since then. Right now I am in the write-up of my thesis. I would like to compare how the outcomes of my workshops compare to other narratives of making found online. It would be great to refer here explicitly to the "Zebreda makes it work!" website. So I thought to check with you if you are okay with me using and including the link in my dissertation? Please let me know if that is alright for you.

    All the best!


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