Many kids will be getting new toys this holiday season. But for some families, the mainstream toy market doesn’t fit their children’s needs.
A group of Carolina students are working to solve that problem.
Founded last spring by a group of biomedical engineering students Drew Mcracken, Michael Weaver, Maddie Dyson and Delany Cowart, Carolina Adapts Toys for Children with Handicaps is a student group whose goal is to “catch” the kids who fall through the cracks of the mainstream toy market.
“We think that toys are a vital part of a kid’s learning foundation and problem-solving skills,” Mcracken said. “Our mission here is to keep a disability from defining a child’s ability to be a child.”
Group members take toys apart and solder in a new method of actualization — like a button or a switch that can be attached to a wheelchair or a hospital bed — so that children with various disabilities can still play with them.
Last semester, they donated 10 toys to Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, and this semester, they set a goal of 50.