More than two dozen industrial design students in Iowa State University's College of Design are teaming up with a recreational facility in Urbandale, IA that serves people with special needs—to design adaptive sports equipment. Several of the Iowa State students also are going the extra mile to volunteer at Courage League to better understand the athletes.
In 1984, IDSA became a Professional Organization Affiliate of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines. NASAD is an association of approximately 346 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools for the visual arts disciplines.
In the City of Brotherly Love, juniors from The University of the Arts industrial design program joined forces with Thomas Jefferson University graduate occupational therapy students to create prototypes for children with physical challenges in the Toys that Enable inter-disciplinary project. They came up with everything from a Chunky Monkey to a backpack jetpack!