Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Adaptoys Changes the Game for People Living with Paralysis

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Adaptoys Changes the Game for People Living with Paralysis

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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for people living with paralysis, has announced the creation of Adaptoys--adapted versions of popular toys that allow people with physical disabilities to experience the joy of actively playing with their families.

"Technology has been such a powerful force for individuals with disabilities. However, there is a void when it comes to technology and accessible toys," said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. "Adaptoys will help eliminate inequality by reimagining playtime for parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles or aunts who are living with paralysis."

Play is a universal connector--it improves quality of life, connects people emotionally and wards off stress and depression. But for the one in 50 people who face some form of paralysis, these experiences are difficult, if not impossible, and that inability to fully interact and play with their family can be a challenging barrier. Adaptoys is bringing the power of play to the 5.6 million Americans living with paralysis by equipping toys with voice activation, motion sensors and sip-and-puff (SNP) assistive technology.

Advertising agency 360i partnered with technology company Axios to create the initial Adaptoys prototypes. A remote control car is powered by a headset equipped with a straw, into which users can exhale to cause the car to accelerate, or inhale to reverse. …

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