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Last Saturday, Dec. 3rd, at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU many occupational therapists, physical therapists, teachers and graduate students switch modified toys for the children with disabilities. For many, it was their first time soldering but they were more than happy to tear their toy apart and make it accessible. Each toy brought a unique circuit to be deciphered and hacked. Some toys made it out alive and universally accessible, other toys didn’t make it through the “operation”. 

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We hope to have more sessions in the future. Add your name and email to the form below and we will keep you posted. 


Parents, Occupational Therapists & Makers,

Join us on December 3rd for an afternoon of toy hacking for children with disabilities. We will cover the basics switch accessibility including taking a toy apart, identifying the electronics inside and how to solder a universal switch jack for access. Please bring a toy that you would like to switch adapt (see Ideal Toys section below). 

When & Where

December 3, 2011 from 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU
721 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003  


Ideal Toys for Hacking

Please bring a toy along to modify, we will not be providing them. Select a toy that is appropriate for your child. Below is a list of features when selecting a toy for easy hacking

  • MUST run on batteries, no AC / wall plug toys.
  • Toys with simple operation, a touch, squeeze, pinch, pull. For example, a teddy bear that sings when its foot or hand is squeezed, or its belly is poked.
  • Remote control toys are great (the inexpensive ones are actually easier to hack).
  • Electronic musical instruments & electronic whoopee cushions!
  • See a list of toys that you can modify easily

No prior soldering/toy hacking experience is needed!

What is Toy Hacking? See this slide show

This slideshow displays the modification of a remote control toy train, adding accessibility switches.