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Adaptive Toy Libraries

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.


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!


The table below lists the counties that currently have toy lending library.

Libraries with Adaptive Toy Programs
County Library Name Location
Adams Adams County District Library Peebles
Allen Lima Public Library Lima
Auglaize Auglaize County Public District Library Wapakoneta
Auglaize Cridersville Public Lbrary Cridersville
Auglaize Francis J. Stallo Memorial Public Library Minster
Auglaize New Bremen Public Library New Bremen
Auglaize New Knoxville Public Library New Knoxville
Auglaize White Memorial Library Waynesfield
Auglaize St. Mary's Public Library St. Mary
Carroll Carroll County District Library Carrollton
Champaign Champaign County Library Urbana
Champaign Saint Paris Public Library Saint Paris
Crawford Bucyrus Public Library Bucyrus
Cuyahoga Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma
Fairfield Fairfield County District Library Lancaster
Fairfield Wagnalls Memorial Library Lithopolis
Gallia Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library Gallipolis
Harrison Puskarich Public Library Cadiz
Highland Highland County District Library Hillsboro
Jefferson Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County Schiappa Branch, Steubenville
Lawrence Briggs Lawrence County Public Library Ironton
Mercer Mercer County Public District Library Celina
Meigs Meigs County Public District Library Pomeroy
Miami Troy-Miami County Public Library Troy
Montgomery Wright Memorial Public Library Oakwood
Noble Caldwell Public Library Caldwell
Preble Preble County District Library El Dorado
Putnam Putnam County District Library Ottawa
Shelby Amos Memorial Public Library Sidney
Scioto Portsmouth Public Library Portsmouth
Tuscarawas Gnadenhutten Public Library Gnadenhutten
Van Wert Brumback Library Van Wert
Vinton Herbert Westcoat Memorial Library McArthur
Washington Ewing School Marietta
Wyandot Dorcas Carey Public Library Carey


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:



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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.

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