If you have a child with a disability and want to get an adapted toy, there are several options:
- Buy One. There are a few companies that sell already adapted toys. See our list of links here.
- Visit A Toy Lending Library. 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.
- Get RePlay for Kids To Help. We work 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. If you qualify as a low-income family at your supporting agency, you may be able to receive a free adapted toy through our RePlay @Home program.You can read more about it here.
- If you don't live in Northeast Ohio, 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.
- Do It Yourself. You can adapt the toy 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.
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