December Toy Hack – Featured on Local News and UW Media

The University of Washington’s new program Husky ADAPT was featured on King 5 news during a toy adaptation workshop.

We adapted toys to allow for a variation of accessible switches to be used by children with diverse abilities. This way, instead of having to use a large degree of force to activate a typical hard to reach ON/OFF switch, children and adults alike can use a switch that works best for them to interact, learn, and most importantly play. This workshop also served to educate engineers about universal design.

What if we didn’t have to adapt toys? What if more toys were accessible off-the-shelf to individuals with diverse abilities? Hopefully all the students will remember these small lessons as they design products and environments in the future.” -Kat Steele

To read about the toy adaptation as posted on the ME Departmental website, follow this LINK or CLICK HERE if on campus.


A daughter, who normally would not be able to activate this toy train, uses her own switch to activate a toy train.