There is an entire industry devoted to toys and educational materials for children with special needs. These are either toys that are made especially for this population, or are “off the shelf” toys that are adapted to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Unfortunately, there are few, if any, stores where these toys can be purchased. It is primarily an Internet and catalog industry. The toys also can be expensive, which is difficult for parents. It is impossible to know which toys a child will connect with, which they will enjoy, which they want to continue to play with for hours on end.
AT Ohio promotes adaptive toys
At Assistive Technology of Ohio, we have established a program that will give children access to these special toys. The program will also allow parents the opportunity to “try out” these toys, to find out which ones best suit their child. In partnership with local county libraries, we have made a selection and checkout of these toys available, much like you would check out a book. This allows parents the opportunity to see how their child reacts to the toys and, if appropriate, make a more informed purchase decision if they decide to buy.
ADAPTIVE TOY LENDING PROGRAM SURVEY
If you borrowed any toys from any of the following libraries, please take a few minutes to fill out the Adaptive Toy Lending Program online survey. Thank you!
WHICH COUNTIES HAVE A TOY LENDING LIBRARY?
The table below lists the counties that currently have toy lending library.
WHAT TYPES OF TOYS ARE AVAILABLE?
The size of the selection and the types of toys available are different at each location. There are several national companies, however, from which toys are selected toys that are part of our programs. Among these companies are:
- Abilitations -- Improving the Lives of Children with Differing Abilities
- Achievement Products for Children
- Assistive Technology Partners
- Beyond Play
- Dragonfly Toys
- Enabling Devices – Toys for Special Children
- Special Needs Toys
- Technology for Education, Inc.
- Toys-R-Us – Toy Guide for Differently Abled Kids
OTHER ADAPTIVE TOY AND TECHNOLOGY LIBRARIES
- United Disability Services — Akron
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Special Needs Library
- Cleveland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- Cuyahoga County Public Library
- Helsel Toy & Technology Library at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
- Ashtabula County Adapted Toy Library (Toys to Go)
- Choosing Adapted Toys -- Ohio Legal Rights Services:
- Lekotek --Advisory organization for parents
- Toys R Us Guide for Differently Abled Kids
Assistive Technology of Ohio is a sponsored program at The Ohio State University. Updated July 6, 2010. If you have trouble accessing this site and wish to request an alternate format, please contact us.