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#A11yTO: Accessibility Toronto Message Board › *UPDATE: COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION: IN Series presents: Hack!

*UPDATE: COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION: IN Series presents: Hack! Toys for Accessibility - Workshop at the Inclusive Design Institute

Toronto, ON
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*UPDATE: COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION A limited number of fully subsidized kits are available at no cost to registrants; please contact David Pereyra or myself to sign up for this event, if you would like to attend. Please forward to anyone who maybe interested in attending this fun workshop. Thanks, Gord

IN Series presents: Hack! Toys for Accessibility - Workshop

This workshop will teach you to adapt battery-operated toys to make them more accessible for children with disabilities. Through hands-on activities, you will learn to solder and modify simple electronics.

What is Switch Accessibility?

For many children with physical disabilities, playing with “off-the-shelf” toys is not possible. However, if a child can use their head, feet, arm, mouth, or any other part of their body, then it is possible to add a switch to make the toy accessible without affecting the function - as the existing button will still operate as it was originally intended.
Parents, relatives and family friends; occupational, physical, music and recreational therapists; speech language pathologists; makers and tinkerers, are all welcome. Children under 16 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Saturday July 27, 2013.
Time: 11am – 12:30pm. Refreshments provided.
Location: Participatory Inclusive Design Lab, Inclusive Design Institute, Room 4904, OCAD University, 49 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario.
Cost: $25.00 per kit (individuals or groups are welcome)
Facilitator: Jorge Silva, Inclusive Technology Developer at the Inclusive Design Research Center; Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Liberal Arts.

In this workshop registrants will learn and be able to:

  • List three areas on the body that an individual with a disability can use to access an ability switch.
  • Describe two or more characteristics of a toy that allow for switch accessibility.
  • Describe the components required for a switch to work.
  • 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.
  • Independently solder an off-the-shelf toy and add a switch jack for accessibility.

    Ideal Toys for ‘Hacking’

    You may bring a toy to modify, or we will provide a donated toy. If you are bringing a toy, make sure it has the following characteristics for easy modification:

    • Must run on batteries, no AC/wall plug in toys.
    • Toys with simple operation such as a touch, squeeze, pinch, pull operation, e.g. stuffed animal that makes noise when squeezed, a functional toy like a bubble maker, or remote control toys.
    • Inexpensive toys are actually easier to open and adapt.

      Please contact for any accessibility needs. Those requiring attendant care are the responsibility of the registrant.

      IN Series, is a series of public presentations, which promotes discussion and engagement on a wide variety of topics about Inclusion - Disability, Accessibility, Health, Education, Culture and the Arts. IN Series is hosted by the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI) at OCAD University. The IDI is a hub of applied research that addresses the challenge of design that is inclusive of the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, including users with disabilities, language needs and various cultural preferences. Through research, industry collaboration, education and civic engagement, the IDI fosters the goals of an innovative, creative and inclusive society.

      David Pereyra, MArch, MA, PhD
      Post-doctoral Fellow
      Inclusive Design Institute
      OCAD University
      49 McCaul Street, Toronto.
      T: 416-977-6000 Ext. 4672

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