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Hacking for the Holidays: Toy Adapting Workshop

DIYAbility

Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

Hacking for the Holidays: Toy Adapting Workshop

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General Admission   more info Ended $50.00 $3.74
AOTA Member 10% Discount   more info Ended $45.00 $3.47

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Hacking for the Holidays 

A workshop on toy hacking for children with disabilities.
 Learn to make accessibility switches & adapt toys.


Saturday, December 14th, 9AM - 12PM

Other workshop times
Sunday December 8th,  9AM - 12PM
Sunday December 8th,  1PM - 4PM


Adaptive Design Assoc. / DIYAbility
313 W. 36th St. (btwn 8th and 9th ave)
New York, NY

 

Green Alien Toy being modified for switch access

 

Hacking for the Holidays we will cover

  • how to modify toys for use with accessibility switches 
  • how to make a simple switch with readily available parts.
  • learn how to solder and work with simple battery operated electronics.

 Who should attend?

  • Occupational, music and recreational therapists
  • Parents, relatives and family friends
  • Makers and tinkerers
  • Children under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult
     

 

What is Switch Accessibility?

For many kids with physical disabilities playing with off-the-shelf toys is not possible, depending on their unique abilities a toy might not be accessible. 

However, if a child can move their head, feet, arm, mouth or any other part of their body it is possible to use a switch to play with the toy. 

Adding switch jacks to a toy will not affect the original quality of use, the existing buttons will operate as normal and kids who use accessibility switches will now be able to operate the toy.
 

Learn how to solder and hack

We will take store bought toys and modify them for switch accessibility. We will discuss the skills you need to switch adapt toys and other devices in the future for personal use, work and fun. 

  • Learn how to open and identify the components inside a toy or basic electronic device.
  • Understand the wiring of a toy from battery to switches to the activation of the device.
  • Learn to solder and add an accessibility switch jack to an off-the-shelf toy. And put the toy back together for normal use or with a switch.

Ideal Toys for Hacking

Please bring a toy to modify, we will not be providing them. Select a toy that is appropriate for your child. Below is a list of characteristics for selecting a toy for easy modification.
  • MUST run on batteries, no AC / wall plug toys.
  • Toys with simple operation, a touch, squeeze, pinch, pull. For example, a teddy bear that sings when its foot or hand is squeezed, or its belly is poked.
  • Inexpensive toys are actually easier to open and adapt.
  • Remote control toys, electronic musical instruments and electronic whoopee cushions are great!

Things to bring to the workshop.
  • Battery operated toy & batteries.
  • Camera to document your awesome hacking

Recommendations - great toys that are fun and easy to hack



Color Bug


Remote Control Fart Machine RC Whoopee Cushion


Spin Art Machine Rose Art by Mega Brands


Motorized Bubble Machine - Dora the Explorer




Kid Galaxy My 1st RC GoGo Fire Truck

 

About DIYAbility

We believe that people with and without disabilities can be empowered when using the correct technology. More importantly, we want everyone to know they have the right to participate in the design & making of technology - having the opportunity to make your own 'stuff' can lead to increased quality of life, maintaining independence, perhaps a new career and staying curious about the world. Making also happens to be really fun!

The goal of DIYAbility is to create a community for people who believe that technology is world opening. The tools and software available today can let anyone implement and make their own devices and make almost anything else. DIYAbility is not just about assistive technology and all that orthopedic looking stuff - it is about acting on an idea whether it is for personal fun or assistance.

Read more about us here, http://www.diyability.org.

Have questions about Hacking for the Holidays: Toy Adapting Workshop? Contact DIYAbility

When & Where


DIYAbility / Adaptive Design Association
313 West 36th Street, New York, NY
1st floor, store front
New York, NY 10018

Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)


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Organizer

DIYAbility

Holly A Cohen, OTR/L, ATP, SCEM

Holly has a bachelor of science in Occupational Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and has taken graduate level courses focusing on technology within the Interactive Telecommunications department at New York University. She has held a certification in assistive technology since 2003. Holly has practiced since 1997 in rehabilitation settings, acute care, pediatric, home care, outpatient clinics, and long-term care facilities. She started an assistive technology outpatient clinic in 2004 at a large hospital in NYC, addressing the needs of adults and children with significant disabilities. Additionally, Holly has been an adjunct professor in the Department of the Occupational Therapy in the School of Steinhardt at New York University since 2005. She has lectured at national conferences focusing on technology use for individuals with disabilities.

DIYAbility

We believe that people with and without disabilities can be empowered when using the correct technology. More importantly, we want everyone to know they have the right to participate in the design & making of technology - having the opportunity to make your own 'stuff' can lead to increased quality of life, maintaining independence, perhaps a new career and staying curious about the world. Making also happens to be really fun!
The goal of DIYAbility is to create a community for people who believe that technology is world opening. The tools and software available today can let anyone implement and make their own devices and make almost anything else. DIYAbility is not just about assistive technology and all that orthopedic looking stuff - it is about acting on an idea whether it is for personal fun or assistance.
DIYAbility was started by John Schimmel (ITP/NYU) and Holly Cohen (OT/ATP). We have been involved with assistive technology design and implementation for several years and want to encourage more people to think creatively about technology and disabilities.

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