Description: For many children with physical disabilities, playing with off-the-shelf toys is difficult. Making toys switch accessible does not affect the quality of use or the operation; rather, it allows for alternative access for children to be able to play with toys. This workshop will cover how to modify a battery-operated toy with simple operations and how to create your own DIY accessibility switch. All of the needed equipment and materials for adapting the toys will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring an off-the-shelf toy or a gently-used toy from your home or classroom. Suggested toys include soft/plush push-button toys, basic remote control toys, and other single function toys that talk, move, or play music. Inexpensive toys are often easier to hack! There will also be a wrapping station available for those toys that will be given as holiday gifts.
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm (Registration begins and coffee will be available at 8:30am).
Location: T/TAC at Virginia Tech's Assistive Technology Lab - 250 S. Main St. Suite 326, Blacksburg, VA. 24061.
Intended Audience: Families of children with disabilities and school personnel working with students with disabilities.
Registration: Free and lunch will be provided. Registration is limited to 15. There will be a waiting list available.
For More Information: Email Holly Nester at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Newton at email@example.com.