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Introduction to Assistive Technology Making: Solder, Switches, & Stuffing
February 22, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
How can toys be hacked in order to make them more accessible?
This hands-on workshop hosted in partnership by the Center for Creativity and AIU Training and Consultation will introduce participants to assistive technology making skills. Participants will learn basic soldering to join wire segments and wire basic audio components for a variety of assistive technology applications. Those skills will be applied to create a mechanical switch that can be used by an individual with physical disabilities. Each participant will also switch-adapt a stuffed, electronic toy that can be used with the mechanical switch they have built. This workshop is targeted for assistive technology specialists, occupational therapists, special education teachers, and STEAM teachers interested in expanding maker opportunities into authentic special education applications!