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 do you do?
People with disabilities often cannot use toys as they were originally designed. For example, a child with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that impacts muscle strength, often cannot reach and push a small button on an electronic toy. This inability to interact with a toy means that the child cannot gain the developmental benefits of play such as learning cause and effect, developing motor skills, and increasing independence. When a toy is adapted, the toy can be activated by an alternative method that is suitable for the child’s unique abilities (for example, moving a finger or tilting one’s head). This adaptation makes the toy more accessible for inclusive play. The central focus of this project is teaching students, engineers, clinicians, and community members to adapt toys for children with disabilities - creating an innovative and inclusive environment for adapted play.