Toy Repair:RePlay for Kids volunteers provide the following free repair services:
- Repair battery-powered toys designed for children with disabilities
- Repair external switches that children use to operate the toys
- Repair other battery-powered assistive devices, such as communication aids and educational devices.
Toy Adaptation:RePlay for Kids volunteers provide the following free adaptation services:
- Adapt mainstream, battery-powered toys with external switches so that children with disabilities can use them.
- Repair previously adapted, battery-powered toys.
If you are interested in these services, we can make arrangements for picking up and dropping off the toys or devices. These items will be tagged and added to the inventory of items we bring to our workshops. Depending on the frequency of our workshops, the volume of existing items to be repaired or adapted, and the number of volunteers attending, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to get the items returned. While we are generally successful in repairing and adapting toys/devices (over 85% have been returned to agencies in working order), we can not guarantee that items will not be damaged. All items are inspected prior to being returned to an agency.
If your agency is not in Northeast Ohio, and are willing to pay for shipping the toys to/from RePlay for Kids, contact us and we'll see if we can fit you in (items from Northeast Ohio agencies will have a higher priority). We could also give you guidance on finding a local resource to repair or adapt toys. A local engineering school or technical college might be a good source for volunteers willing to do this. Tutorials and tip sheets can be downloaded from our site.
Agencies we've worked with include:Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
County of Summit Board of Developmental Disabilities
Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Wayne County Board of Developmental Disabilities
United Cerebral Palsy of Cleveland
Society for Handicapped Citizens of Medina
Hattie Larlham Foundation
United Disability Services of Akron
Matthew's Lending Library
Akron School District
Cleveland School District
Medina School District
Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital
Akron Children's Hospital
Metrohealth Medical Center