Adapted by Hand
Often people with disabilities don't have the physical abilities to interact with toys and leisure activities. They need products that are adapted to by-pass small buttons through the use of external swtches. A switch can be a large button, lever, or sensor that allows individuals with physcial disabilites to interact with the toy just as a non-disabled person does.
Since you are shopping for products made for people with special needs, you are most likely aware that there aren't a lot of choices out there. And what is available can be quite a bit more expensive than those same toys for non-disabled individuals. That's because factories don't mass produce toys with adaptations that make them accessible for people with disabilities. These adaptations are done by hand in small shops such as ours. It is truely a labor of love.
Here at Adaptive Tech Solutions, it's our mission (and passion) to make affordable toys and leisure products that are accessible for people with disabilities. Most of our products are adapted by hand at the time you place your order. Because this takes time, we need a few days to process an order. And unlike some other companies that adapt toys, at Adaptive Tech Solutions nearly all of our adapted toys/leisure activities still have their original buttons intact. That means people with disabilities and those without can interact with our products. This encourages interactive play between people with disabilties and their non-disabled peers, which is important for increasing social skills and cooperative learning. And it saves money too, since two versions of the same toy don't need to be purchased for a clinic, classroom, daycare,or other environment where people with and without disabilities play.
At Adaptive Tech Solutions, we hard wire in our adaptive jacks. We don't cut corners and just provide you with a battery interrupter and a toy and call it an "adapted" product. A hard wired product provides a more durable and longer lasting connection.
Our therapist hand selects the toys we adapt. They are chosen based on the interests of children and adults, as well as on their therapeutic benefit. Afterall, with play comes learning. We try to select toys that have battery compartments that are secured with screws; as we have learned that sometimes kiddos can be a little more curious than we want them to be. Keeping batteries out of their hands and ensuring their safety is important.
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