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Mending the cracks

Adapting toys for children with disabilities

Adapting toys for children with disabilities

A new student group called Carolina Adapts Toys for Children with Handicaps is working to “catch” the kids who fall through the cracks of the mainstream toy market. 

Founded last spring by biomedical engineering students Drew Mcracken, Michael Weaver, Maddie Dyson and Delany Cowart, Carolina Adapts Toys for Children with Handicaps is a student group whose goal is to “catch” the kids who fall through the cracks of the mainstream toy market. 

Last semester, the group donated 10 toys to Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, and this semester, they set a goal of 50. 

“We think that toys are a vital part of a kid’s learning foundation and problem-solving skills,” said Mcracken. “Our mission here is to keep a disability from defining a child’s ability to be a child.” 

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