Foster an inclusive, sustainable, and multidisciplinary community supporting accessible design and play technology through:
♦ Teaching students, engineers, clinicians, and community members toy adaptation
♦ Increasing access to adapted toys in Seattle and the state of Washington by donating toys and creating adapted toy libraries
♦ Inspiring diverse future problem-solvers in accessibility through outreach efforts with elementary, middle, and high school students
What we do?
This project strives to teach students, engineers, clinicians, and community members how to adapt toys for children with disabilities – creating an innovative and inclusive environment for adapted play.
Play is an important part of childhood development, as it enhances motor skills, introduces the idea of cause and effect, and promotes independence. Yet, children with disabilities often cannot use commercial toys as they were originally designed. For example, a child with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that impacts muscle strength, may struggle to press a small button to activate a toy. An adapted toy, however, can be activated by an alternate method such as moving a finger or tilting one’s head. This adaptation process makes toys more accessible to children of all abilities while fostering education, equity, and inclusion.