Does FairPlay sell adapted toys?
FairPlay creates adapted toy libraries for community use. If you are looking to purchase a toy, check out our list of resources.
How do I get a toy library in my school/clinic/community?
Let us know a little bit more about what you're looking for on this form, and we'll reach out to you with options!
What do I need to participate in a workshop?
We offer a few different types of workshops. If you are attending an in-person workshop, you do not need to bring any materials. If you are attending a virtual workshop, you may need some or all of the following tools: power drill & bits, a variety of screwdriver heads, a hot glue gun, wire strippers. Specific tool lists are posted with each workshop.
What is an adapted toy?
Most toys have very small buttons that require fine tuned movements of arms, hands, and fingers. For kiddos who don’t have these fine motor skills, adapted toys can open up a world of access and fun. Adapted toys are off-the-shelf battery operated toys that have been rewired to connect to a switch, a larger button that is easier for the child to interact with. Many children with limited fine and gross motor skills cannot play with regular battery-operated toys.
What is a switch?
Switches are devices that enable people with motor limitations to use electronics. Computers, phones, environmental technology like fans and lights, and of course— toys!— can all be switch adapted. The type of switch an individual will benefit from depends on their unique abilities. A person may activate a switch with their hand, chin, or other body part. Some switches are activated by eye gaze & puffs or air!
Who needs adapted toys?
Many kids who enjoy switch-adapted toys have a condition called cerebral palsy (CP). CP is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in children, with ~1 in 345 children having a diagnosis of CP. However, children with other disabilities may benefit from adapted toys as well.
Is it hard to adapt a toy?
Once you're familiar with the tools and steps, adapting a toy is fairly simple and quick. However, some toys are easier to adapt than others. If you're interested in adapting a toy, we recommend choosing a toy from our recommended toy list. Attend one of our workshops to learn from a professional.