ERIC Number: ED297498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Toy Modification Note. Revised.
Vanderheiden, Gregg C.; And Others
Described are toy modifications which enable handicapped individuals to operate battery-powered toys. A battery interrupter is explained as a device which fits between the batteries in a toy and provides the ability to have a separate on-off switch which can be custom designed to fit a handicapped user's needs. Construction and use of three types of battery interrupters are described: for regular cylindrical batteries (AA, C, and D cells), for nine-volt transistor radio-type batteries, and for use with cassette tape recorders and other devices having a "remote" jack. Construction of a wobble stick toy control switch is also illustrated. Skill development activities are suggested to provide training for switch use. Sources are listed for on-off modules, timer modules, environmental control modules, combined time and on-off devices, and battery interrupter cables. A "Trace Quick Sheet" lists books, pamphlets, catalogs, and associations and organizations that provide information regarding adapted toys and toy modifications to allow single-switch control. (JDD)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Construction (Process), Electric Batteries, Electromechanical Aids, Physical Disabilities, Play, Resources, Skill Development, Toys, Training Methods
Trace Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705-2280 ($3.10).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Trace Center.
Note: A product of the Trace Research and Development Center on Communication, Control, and Computer Access for Handicapped Individuals.