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By mixing engineering with community service, the Toy Adaption Program: Connection for Expansion is a group of engineering students that provides modified toys for children with special needs.
While most toys you will find at Wal-Mart or Target are designed for the common child, some children with special needs are unable to operate a given toy because of physical impairment. By making a few modifications, such as changing a switch to a button, TAP makes toys that any child can play with.
Elizabeth Riter, program manager and founder of TAP, said the program arrived on campus in 2013 after a former student of hers contacted her about the idea, which sprung from a similar organization — Replay for Kids in Medina, Ohio. The former student had gone through a toy adaptation workshop with Replay for Kids and proposed bringing it to OSU with the purpose to apply engineering outside of the classroom, Riter said.
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