Adapt a Toy / Repair a Toy Workshop

Hi friends, we’ll be running our Hacking for the Holiday’s campaign again this year, where we will be adapting toys, building access switches, and making accessible game controllers for therapists and families supporting kids with disabilities.

Campaign officially starts Sept 25th, and I’m kicking it off right where Makers Making Change started, with VHS riding the first out the gate!

Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 04:00 p.m. - VHS - Repair an Adapted Toy night

This is a night where we repair broken assistive technology to help give it a second life. There will primarily be switch adapted toys that aren’t working, but may also trouble shoot other broken electronic items such as switches. Many of these are ones that previously did not pass Quality Control, but can be repaired.

Switch adapted toys often cost $100 or more, so by fixing the electronics, you are supporting therapists and families with kids with disabilities in having the assistive devices they need to cognitive development, play and communication.

Event is free to attend and open to the public. Please register on Makers Making Change so I can ensure I have enough food and treats to keep my VHS friends fed.

There will likely be more toys than be adapted in a single evening, so if you want to take some to fix up at home over the course of October, I’ll be sure to leave some parts and toys there as well.


What does a good time hacking toys look like?

What does adapting toys feel like? Sneak peak of our campaign video for you.


Here is a guide on how to adapt a toy. For popular toys we build step-by-step instructions, but overall here is the general process.


Bumping this as it’s a week away. A couple of OTs from around town will be coming with some toys / switches needing repair as well, so will be really cool Fix It night with people that benefit from this technology taking part. Feel free to respond to this thread if you are coming or RSVP on the site, and I’ll make sure there is enough grub. Cheers!


I had a couple of question and thought I would clarify:

Open to members and non member!
You can learn to solder if needed - no experience necessary for some of the toys, this is a learnable skill.
Fixing toys for kids with disabilities is a great way to make some vouches.

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