Donor Highlight

February 27, 2017

Dr. Therese Willkomm with Zoo New England Staff

Dr. Therese Willkomm with Zoo New England Staff

The Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH) project has been involved in a unique partnership in the past year. After seeing a news feature about Dr. Therese Willkomm’s use of the corrugated plastic from old campaign signs to fabricate assistive technology solutions, Zoo New England reached out to Dr. Willkomm with a unique offer.  

The hay used to feed their giraffes comes stacked on top of sheets of corrugated plastic, and the Zoo offered to donate all of the plastic to ATinNH. Since the initial donation, ATinNH has used the plastic to fabricate tactile graphic boards for students who are blind, iPad and other tablet holders, spring clips, lap boards, book holders, storage boxes, and a t-shirt folding device for an individual who only has use of one hand.   

“Corrugate plastic washes up very easily and lasts forever – things we’ve made four years ago, still work great today,” shares Dr. Willkomm. “We are thankful for donations like that from the Zoo New England, to help us better meet the needs of people with disabilities living in New Hampshire.”  

To learn more about ATinNH and how to make some basic solutions with corrugated plastic, visit the ATinNH’s How-To page.