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F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. Is there a RePlay for Kids in my area?

Q.  I have a child with a disability.  How do I get an adapted toy?

Q. If I don't live in Northeast Ohio, can I still get a toy adapted?

Q. I would like to donate toys to RePlay for Kids. What type of toys do you need?

Q.  How (where) do I donate?

Q.  Who receives the adapted toys?

Q.  What if you are unable to adapt the toy I donate?

Q.  How can I volunteer?

Q.   I want to help out, but I don't think I have the technical skills to adapt or repair toys.  How else can I help?

Q. Can I have my child (or class, scout troop, or youth group) come to or host a workshop?

Q.  Where are you located?

Q.  Why do you adapt the toys?

Q.  Do you need any prior knowledge (experience) to volunteer?


Q. Is there a RePlay for Kids in my area?

A. Currently, RePlay for Kids is only located in Northeast Ohio.


Q.  I have a child with a disability.  How do I get an adapted toy?

A.
There are several ways.

  • First of all, there are a few companies that sell already adapted toys.  See our list of links here.
  • Many areas have agencies or school districts that operate toy lending libraries that loan out adapted toys for use.  Ask your local agency that provides services to children with disabilities or ask your local school district.
  • RePlay for Kids works with agencies in Northeast Ohio to adapt mainstream battery-operated toys for the children they serve.  If you live in Northeast Ohio, contact the agency you work with, and ask them to contact us.  For liability reasons, we are unable to provide our services directly to families.
  • Adapt it yourself, or find someone with technical skills who can adapt it.  Tip sheets and tutorials are available on our web site, and we would be happy to answer any questions that arise.

Q. If I don't live in Northeast Ohio, can I still get a toy adapted?

A. If you are unable to get an adapted toy using the methods above (purchasing an already adapted toy, contacting a toy lending library, or adapting it yourself), you can try contacting your local agency that provides services to children with disabilities, and see whether they would be willing to pay for shipping the toys to/from RePlay for Kids.  If so, have them contact us.  For liability reasons, we are unable to provide our services directly to families.  Our ability to adapt the toys depends upon the volume of toys we already have to repair or adapt, and the number of volunteers who attend the workshop.  It may take a few months for it to get done.  There is also a risk that the toy will get damaged during the adaptation process.


Q. I would like to donate toys to RePlay for Kids. What type of toys do you need?

A. RePlay for Kids accepts new or "gently-used" battery-operated toys that we will adapt and donate to agencies that provide services to children with disabilities.  Examples of the kinds of toys that we need can be found here.


Q.  How (where) do I donate?

A. Financial donations can be made online or mailed to our offices.  See our donation page for more details.  If you live in Northeast Ohio and want to drop off donated toys, contact us and we may be able to arrange a dropoff place that is convenient to you.  Otherwise, you can drop them off or ship them to our offices (map).


Q.  Who receives the adapted toys?

A. RePlay for Kids donates the adapted toys to agencies in Northeast Ohio that provide services to children with disabilities.  This includes most of the county boards of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, United Cerebral Palsy, local toy lending libraries and school districts.  For a detailed list, go to our Agencies page.


Q.  What if you are unable to adapt the toy I donate?

A. If the toy cannot be adapted, we will donate to another organization that accepts donated toys, such as the Marines' Toys for Tots program, or Providence House.


Q.  How can I volunteer?

A. Simply contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  If you want to volunteer at a workshop, we can add you to an email list to be notified of upcoming workshops.


Q.   I want to help out, but I don't think I have the technical skills to adapt or repair toys.  How else can I help?

A.
We've successfully guided many non-technical people (librarians, secretaries, accountants, lawyers) through the toy adaptation process at workshops, so you may be able to do more than you think.  However, if you'd rather help out in other ways, we always need help with fundraising and toy drives.  You could raise money for RePlay for Kids through the usual fundraisers such car washes, bake sales, etc.  Or you could collect new or "gently-used" toys at your school, church, or workplace.  We can provide you flyers and other information.


Q. Can I have my child (or class, scout troop, or youth group) come to or host a workshop?

A.
For liability reasons, we don't have children at workshops unless they are supervised by a parent. However, we have had scout troop and schools hold fundraisers and toy drive for RePlay for Kids. You could raise money for RePlay for Kids through the usual fundraisers such car washes, bake sales, etc.  Or you could collect new or "gently-used" toys at your school, church, or workplace.  We can provide you flyers and other information.


Q.  Where are you located?

A . RePlay for Kids is located at 600 W. Sturbridge Dr., Medina, OH 44256.   This is a residential "home office".  Since we hold our workshops at many different locations, and our toys and tools are in portable containers, we don't have a storefront that people can visit.


Q.  Why do you adapt the toys?

A. While there a few companies that sell adapted toys, there is a small market for these toys, so the price is high and there is not much selection.  It is often difficult to find room in a family's or agency's budget for adapted toys.  By adapting a wide variety of toys and donating them, RePlay for Kids increases the availabilty of adapted toys for children with disabilities.


Q.  Do you need any prior knowledge (experience) to volunteer?

A.
No.  We've successfully guided many non-technical people (librarians, secretaries, accountants, lawyers) through the toy adaptation process at workshops, so you may be able to do more than you think.

 

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