This year Graphisoft and the AIAS partnered to award 1,500.USD to one AIAS chapter for an upcoming AIAS Freedom by Design project. The 2012 Grant recipient is the AIAS Illinois Institute of Technology for their Lissette Project. The IIT AIAS chapter submission details a plan to renovate a bathroom for the needs of a person with a disability. It has been named the Lissette Project after 13 year-old Lissette Loera, a teenager who was born with Spina Bifida, a congenital disorder that causes permanent physical complications and has no known cure.
IIT Chapter students have developed a design that enables Lissette to have self-care. The chapter aims to complete the Lissette Project by the end of January 2013. The estimated total cost is 2,500.USD. While the Graphisoft grant provides more than half of the necessary funds, the IIT AIAS chapter still needs additional funding. To date the IIT AIAS chapter has raised fund through bake sales, donation boxes and soliciting material donations. To make a donation to help this project visit here: