For some children with disabilities, using a switch on a toy can prove difficult. That’s where RePlay for Kids comes in. The nonprofit hosts workshops for volunteers, who adapt toys so they’re usable for children with disabilities who may lack fine motor skills.
Founder and President Bill Memberg started adapting toys as a hobby, and then formed the nonprofit when he realized that these toys could be donated through local agencies like United Disability Services, Akron Children’s Hospital and others.
Lorie Smith says these adapted toys help her daughter Rakaya, who is nonverbal and disabled, learn cause and effect, along with other ways to communicate.
The workshops also offer a way for high school and college STEM students to learn practical applications for their studies.
If you’d like to host a toy drive or toy-adapting workshop, visit www.replayforkids.org.