Adapted Toy Drive for the Holidays!
We are making and giving switch-adapted toys to children with disabilities in Pennsylvania
About the Adapted Toy Drive
Every winter, TechOWL works with Temple University students and community partners to provide switch-adapted toys for children with disabilities. We take toys that have small buttons and make them easier to interact with by adding a large, external button called a switch. This lets more kids play independently!
We believe that everyone should have an accessible toy to open for the holidays. This program is provided for free, at no cost to the family. Recipients each get a battery-operated toy with a 3D-printed switch to activate it.
Registration and donations for the 2022 toy event are now closed. If your child participated, click on the links below to submit feedback! This enables us to continue our work.
Toys are being distributed from the following sites:
- Philadelphia area: TechOWL main office (special arrangements also available for students at HMS, Widener, and CADES)
- Harrisburg area: UCP office in Camp Hill
- Lycoming County area: Roads to Freedom office in Williamsport
- Elk County area: LIFT office in St. Mary's
- Pittsburgh area: CLASS office in Pittsburgh
Don't see your area listed? Reach out to us! We would love to support you with directions for hosting your own adapted toy drive.
We want to say thank you in advance to anyone who can donate and to those who are connecting us to children who will receive these toys.
A special thank you to:
- Temple University's IDEAS Hub for printing all of the switch parts.
- Braskem's Philadelphia office for hosting an adaptive toy event during which we adapted over 50 toys. They purchased toys, volunteered their time, and provided a generous donation of recycled filament.
- The Assistive Technology class through Temple University's Occupational Therapy program who will adapt toys with us this year.
- Temple Prosthetics and Orthotics Club for partnering with us for the third consecutive year for this initiative.
- The Assistive Technology Resource Centers for connecting us to their local communities.
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