The Hack-a-Toy event was held on 7th November 2014 at the Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) School, where off-the-shelf toys are modified to improve accessibility for children with special needs. The half-day event consisting of volunteer-led workshops leverages on skills-based volunteerism to enrich the lives of those with special needs.
Children with multiple disabilities have difficulty operating some toys. With some modification, many of these toys can be adapted with a large push button switch to allow for easier activation. These switch-adapted toys also act as effective tools in therapy sessions by sustaining the interest of these children through play. Aside from engaging volunteers to use their professional skills for a meaningful cause, the workshop empowers parents to organise and initiate future projects that have a direct impact on their children.
More than 60 participants consisting of students from AWWA, parents/caregivers and volunteers turned up for This event. Aside from demonstrations by the volunteers and guided hands-on session for the parents parents also had a fun time bonding with their children through playing with the new toys. At the end of the workshop, EWB-Asia presented more than 40 new toys and switches to complement the specialised teaching and learning resources at the AWWA Resource Centre.
On behalf of everyone at Engineers Without Borders Asia, we would like to thank all participants, partners and sponsors for making this event a success. Please visit our Facebook page for more photos.