The Toy and Technology Library is an exciting and non-profit resource for Central Ohio children with special needs, their families and professionals who serve them.
Our mission is to enhance development and play skills of children with special needs, and to provide support and resources regarding computer technology, interactive play and adapted toys. This services is available to all families with children with special needs. Referrals are not required, although many families are referred through clinics and/or therapists.
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Over 1,500 developmental, adapted toys, switches, and low-tech communication devices are available for families to borrow for 30-day loan periods. Consultation to families is available to help them identify appropriate toys, switches, low-tech communication devices, software and computer access products to match the needs of their child.
A computer lab is on-site for families and professionals to preview software, try out hardward to match the accessibility needs of a child. The staff is knowledgable with many software and computer access products and will assist invidividuals in learning how to use these products. The staff at the library provides presentations regarding assistive technology; computer access to parent groups, and professionals along with graduate and undergraduate students.
Children learn through play. The Toy and Technology Library offeres assistance to those children with special needs by enhancing their abilities to play in a meaningful way, with toys that will stimulate and help them grow. We modify our toys so that even children with severe physical and sensory impairments may initiate and sustain play, learn cause/effect, control their environment, communicate with others and develop skills. Successful interactions with the computer and adapted toys promote independence and increase the child's sense of mastery and self-esteem.
Tools for Learning
The technology lab at the Toy and Technology Library allows users to explore the computer as a potential tool for enrichment and communication. Many special access devices, such as touch windows, expanded keyboards, mouse/trackball devices, switches and modified keyboards are available for children to "try out" so parents and professionals will know which devices are most appropriate. Identification of the "right" computer input devices and software can provide children with the tools to succeed in their school and home environments.
Easy Access to Fun
Families may use the Toy and Technology Library services by scheduling an appointment with Mary Jo Wendling, OTR/L (614) 688-3431 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Toy and Technology Library is a non-profit program of The Nisonger Center, located in room 286 of McCampbell Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University. Funding is provided through the Nisonger Center, private foundations and community supporters.