FairPlay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to make play accessible and affordable for all children, including kids with disabilities who may not be able to play with toys as they come off-the-shelf.
Our team is building a national lending-library system that allows children with physical disabilities to enjoy the benefits of playing with a broad selection of adapted toys.
Though toy adaptation is simple and inexpensive, market prices of adapted toys can be 3-5x that of normal toys, placing additional financial burden on families already navigating inordinate care-related costs. Given children’s quickly changing interests and these high costs, children with disabilities tend not to have adequate access to play.
Our solution to this inequity is a lending library system. We run workshops focused on toy adaptation and accessibility, create adapted toy libraries in community spaces, and provide educational resources for the communities we serve.
Our Workshop Model
FairPlay hosts adapted toy workshops in communities to 1) inexpensively adapt toys for our libraries, 2) raise awareness about adapted toys and the children that enjoy them, and 3) teach interested individuals toy adaptation skills.
When generous volunteers adapt the toys for our libraries through our workshops, we circumvent high market prices,
making our toy libraries a possibility for any budget.
Volunteers who attend our workshops also gain valuable skills that will enable them to adapt toys for their families, patients and communities in the future.
The FairPlay Vision
The FairPlay network consists of speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, entrepreneurs, engineers, educators, parents, and graduate students.
What we all have in common:
a vision of a world where all children have equal access to play, regardless of their abilities.