Recently, Michael Dicpinigaitis of Jericho Adapts Toys visited the Henry Viscardi School to volunteer with it's Occupational Therapy department and shadow Mr. Chris Marotta, an Occupational Therapist greatly involved in the field. Mr. Marotta also wrote about JerichoAdaptsToys within the Henry Viscardi School newspaper, speaking about the lending library program. We are so thankful for the testimonial and are looking forward to continue working with the Henry Viscardi School in the coming months.
This past week, on June 4th, Michael Dicpinigaitis of Jericho Adapts Toys visited the Carman Road school at Nassau BOCES. The school currently participates in the lending library program that Jericho Adapts Toys offers. At the School, Michael met with the teacher, Ms. Kathryn Crockett. Ms. Crockett's classroom is one of several in the school that borrows toys from our lending library program. Michael was able to interact with some of the students and observe how each student is unique in their method of switch access. It has been an amazing experience to visit one of the schools we work with and see in person the impact we are making as JerichoAdaptsToys.
Recently, Michael Dicpinigaitis of JerichoAdaptsToys was interviewed on Talking With Tech. The Podcast was recorded at ATiA conference and can be viewed at: https://xceptionaled.com/podcasts/talking-with-tech/interviews-from-atia-fetc-christine-baudin-of-aac-for-the-slp-michael-dicpinigaitis-mike-marotta/
The interview with Michael begins at 32:30.
We recently started 3D printing switches. Although we did not design these switches, very generous designers on Thingiverse.com have shared plans for the general public. We print out these switches for use in our lending library and are also starting to donate some of our switches. Here are a few examples of some of our switches that we have printed so far:
This past January at ATiA (The Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference), I met Chris Marotta, an Occupational Therapist at the Henry Viscardi School. Chris is also a professor teaching graduate students about assistive technology solutions for individuals with complex bodies. He is one of the most passionate people I know and I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to shadow him this summer and learn more about adapting. Also, I am very excited to announce that JerichoAdaptsToys has partnered with the Henry Viscardi School to be involved in our lending library program.
We wanted to thank Mary Sagstetter and everyone at AbleNet for their generous donation of switches to JerichoAdaptsToys.org. We are so grateful for this donation and plan to use these high quality switches in our lending library program. If you would like more information about their products, please visit their website at ablenetinc.com
I (Michael) was very fortunate to be able to attend the last day of ATIA in Orlando, Florida today. My sister and I attended the exhibit hall and Maker Day and were able to explore cutting edge assistive technology solutions. We also made connections and had great conversations with people dedicated to the field. Students from all around Florida presented their current projects and how they are using robotics to change the field of AT. In addition, big companies such as Google and Microsoft attended to showcase their innovations in the field, all of which we saw and were greatly inspired by. It was an incredible experience and we learned things we never knew before. We hope to incorporate some of what we saw into our free lending library program right here at JerichoAdaptsToys.org
We are very excited at JerichoAdaptsToys.org because we recently got a 3D printer!
You may say - so, what does that mean?
It means we can make expensive solutions for assistive technology for a fraction of the cost. We want to bring those items to our partnering schools and programs for free through our lending program!
We are learning about the solutions out there. For starters we know we can make switches and switch mount brackets which can be used with inexpensive GoPro mounts and camera mounts. This is something very important for our project of adapting toys.
Many children who play with our toys cannot used their hands to press the switch. They can, however, press the switch with another body part they have control of such as their head or even the side of their knee. You cannot expect someone to hold the switch in the correct spot indefinitely. That's why switch mounts are perfect, especially flexible mounts.
There are inexpensive mounts out there for purchase but these mounts are for GoPro cameras and regular cameras. They aren't made to attach a switch. That's where our 3D printer comes in! There are awesome people out there who have designed a bracket that can attach a camera or GoPro mount to a commercially available switch. We have also found plans we plan to print on switches themselves! We are looking forward to exploring the options out there and having some fun with this incredibly cool gadget!
We thank ATMakers for their amazing ideas as well as various makers we are finding on the Thingiverse website.
Last week was a very busy week for Jericoadaptstoys!
We met with school administrators from Nassau BOCES, Carman Road School, and AHRC Saul and Elaine Seiff Educare Center. We are excited to be working with both programs!!
We also presented to a large Cub Scout troop on toy adaptation - the scouts were super excited about toy adaptation and our project. They were so kind to donate toys and lots of batteries!
We attended Angela’s House two day holiday party extravaganza where various children tried some of our adapted toys. What fun we all had!
We have adapted about 30 toys so far (many more to come) and will start loaning toys free of charge to our partnering schools and programs this month!
Thank you, all of you, for your support.
As you purchase toys for your children this holiday season, and see that you are no longer using one or more battery operated toys you may already have, we hope you will consider donating those toys to our cause. Please message/contact us if you have a toy for us.
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