Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Switch adapting a toy

A common request at the Utah Assistive Technology Lab is to switch adapt a toy for a child with a physical disability. 

Toys that are purchased are often not accessible for these children, so using a switch that can be accessed by that child allows them to play independently as well as use the toy for education or therapy if that is the goal. 

Switch adapting a toy is generally not difficult, it just takes some hacking. Tools to make the adaptation can be purchased from many places, including this kit from DIYAbility. Clay Christensen, AT Lab coordinator, showed students some of the toys he has adapted and how he did it in this video:

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