Make It PrAACtical: Modify a Battery-Operated Toy to Make It Accessible by Switches

July 17, 2013 by - 5 Comments

Make It PrAACtical: Modify a Battery-Operated Toy to Make It Accessible by Switches
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Professionals of a certain age (ahem) may remember when the only switch-accessible toys we had to work with were the ones we adapted ourselves. Now, of course, there are a wide range of battery-operated toys that are already switch-accessible and we can buy as many as the budget will allow.

The problem is that most of us have pretty limited resources for purchasing these toys, and a quick search yielded adapted toys in a wide price range ($45.00-$250.00 USD). Buying regular (non-adapted) battery-operated toys and then adapting them yourself is another option. This video explains the principles.

“Me?? Adapt a toy for switches?! But I’m not handy.” “That’s okay. You don’t have to be.”

The easiest way is to use an inexpensive battery interrupter. You can purchase them in various sizes (e.g. AAA, AA, C, D) or make your own. You can learn more about battery interrupters and how to use them in this series of videos by Enabling Devices.

Part 1: The Basics of Battery Adapters

Part 2: Adapting A and C Batteries

Feeling more adventurous? If so, you can tackle more complex toys. Check out this video by Arlen Klamm (AT Coordinator of Children’s Care).

What are you waiting for? There’s a lot of penguins, dinosaurs, kittens, firetrucks, puppies, TV characters, race cars, and piggies just waiting for you. Let’s play!


Note: We have no financial or non-financial relationship with any of the companies mentioned in this post.


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This post was written by Carole Zangari


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