October 29th, 2010

Look at our new collaboration:
http://umaine.edu/news/blog/2010/10/19/umaine-receives-3-5-million-in-rd-awards/

May 14th, 2010

We have a new robotics agenda with our colleague Ashish Deshpande. So far we have been funded for two projects. Look on our projects to see the powerpoint and let us know what you think.

Disability thinking

November 18th, 2009

We just uploaded a Powerpoint presentation that displays our recent thinking about disability theory and its application to social change. Let us know what you think of these ideas.

Asking good evaluation questions

October 25th, 2009

Our evaluation work continues to illuminate the importance of purposive and clear questioning. Asking questions to elicit answers about the outcomes of our well intended activity is not a simple task. But it is a critical one to get right not only to illustrate successes but to keep funding flowing to projects, services and agencies devoted to social justice and equality. Tomorrow, we will post some guidelines for asking clear questions that get to the answers that we seek.

October 21st, 2009

Grant writing tips are now posted on our project page. Let us know if you have any questions, comments etc.

Exploring the role of design in promoting function

October 17th, 2009

Over the past several months, we have been applying design theory to the development of equipment to enhance function, with particular attention to sports and fitness. Realizing how adaptive equipment can create stigma and pejorative categorization of people into devalued groups, we are collaborating on several projects that bring contemporary design into the adaptive equipment market. Consider downhill ski equipment. All of us who ski have  seen  cumbersome outriggers that look like forearm crutches with skis on their bottoms. These less than attractive but functional items are available  only through “special” programs for disabled skiers. what would happen if the equipment were commericially available and attractive? Seems to us that it would not only get more use from disabled skiers but from all who might benefit from it (e.g. new skiers, aging skiers). Maybe a new sport might be on the horizon, 4-tracking for everyone. Stay tuned for pictures and progress.

June 5th, 2009

Welcome to ASTOS. We are a passionate company committed to creating solutions for a range of access problems. We have two divisions, ASTOS Innovations and Evaluation Practice.

Right now, ASTOS Innovations is  working on sports and fitness innovations that expand the opportunity for people to envision and actualize their own participation in outdoor sports and fitness.  We conduct all of our activity through solving problems with systematic thinking and action.

Evaluation Practice is involved in collaborative community change, with our focus on evaluation design and implementation.

Please return to the blog for regular updates and insights. We plan to post excerpts from our published work and to share ideas in progress. We look forward to your commentary and discussion.

Liz and Stephen