News Activity-Based Curriculum in Action April 18, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Students at Woodland Developmental Center are on the move all day. The hallways are busy, the classrooms noisy and full of activity as the children practice important life skills that have been incorporated into their curriculum. And that’s what’s different about Woodland. Where students with disabilities in other schools may be seen two or three times a week in the therapy department, Woodland...
News Special Colors for Special People March 03, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
Kids love color. They notice it in nature, clothing and the classroom. So why not put that color on an Activity Chair? Available new this year, Rifton has six color choices to brighten up the seat and the back of the Activity Chair. So make your child’s chair fun and extra special with one of these choices: pink, red, blue, green, tan or purple.
News Dancing with the Stars at the Center for Disability Services January 06, 2015 by Susanna Mommsen, Marketing Associate
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars gets great ratings, and it’s even entertaining at times, but nothing compares to the stars at the Center for Disability Services in Albany, New York. Paired with professional dancers, these performers make their way across the stage in Pacer gait trainers and Activity chairs in a showcase of music, dance and artistic expression. .embed-container { position: relative...
News Father of the IEP February 18, 2014 by Carmen Hinkey
Last month a pioneer died. James Gallagher was the man who introduced the idea of an individualized education plan (IEP) and a tireless advocate of the idea that every child deserves a free and appropriate public education, regardless of physical or intellectual abilities. He was the person most responsible for the passage of the 1975 landmark legislation now known as the Individuals with Disabilities...
News Sharing Our Abilities June 12, 2012 by Mark Greenyer
I just returned from the Abilities Expo 2012 in New Jersey. Those of you who’ve been there will know the parade of families and caregivers I saw all weekend – families who are struggling against enormous odds. Strangely, though, I came home enormously uplifted, and I feel like telling you about some of the people I met. First there was a young couple with their four-year-old son Tommy (not his...
News Designing the Rifton Activity Chair March 13, 2012 by Sam Durgin
We have been making chairs for children with disabilities since the1970’s. Our first production models, though unique at the time, were primitive – plywood boxy frames covered with slots and knobs for adjustment. Over the years, as therapists’ input and suggestions flowed in, we continued tinkering and modifying the basic idea. Then about ten years ago we introduced the Rifton Seating...
News The Rifton Activity Chair Used in Radiology October 25, 2011 by Elena Noble, MPT
Applications for the Rifton Activity Chair are expanding. I was surprised recently to hear from a speech language pathologist of yet another use for this chair which was initially designed for classroom seating and positioning. We’ve already received numerous reports of how well the activity chair performs in feeding clinics and for positioning during speech therapy. Now it is being used as a...
News Announcing the New Small Size Activity Chair July 20, 2011 by Sam Durgin
The small Rifton Activity Chair is finally here. The success of the medium and large Rifton Activity Chairs prompted many requests for the chair to be sized for the smallest users. But it is not only a small Rifton Activity Chair. We considered the positioning needs within Early Intervention and designed something to match–a group of accessories we’re calling the “mini kit.” When...
News Announcing the Large Rifton Activity Chair March 21, 2011 by Sam Durgin
This week in our Catskill NY facility we are starting production of the large Rifton Activity Chair. It has taken us three years to get to this point. We began with two years of research and design, introduced the medium Rifton Activity Chair last spring, and spent the past 12 months designing and tooling hundreds of plastic molds to make the larger model. But it was worth it, because the chair was...