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“Toy Tech” event provides adapted toys for children with disabilities

Spark will host their annual Toy Tech holiday party to distribute adapted toys to children with disabilities on Thursday, December 06, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Knoxville Museum of Art. This year’s event, which includes food, music, and family pictures with Santa, will serve families from across East Tennessee.

The electronic toy donations were collected throughout the year and adapted by the Knox Makers, a local maker cooperative, and other Spark volunteers. Special switches wired in to the toys allow children who cannot use their hands to operate the toys to make them sing, dance, and light up.

“Specially adapted toys are often very expensive, and there are limited options on the market,” says Spark Creative Director Tracy Homer. “Through Toy Tech, we can adapt popular toys and toys that really interest kids.”

Spark has provided adapted toys for children in East Tennessee for more than 20 years.

Spark, formerly the East Tennessee Technology Access Center, was founded in 1988, Spark is a nonprofit organization that connects people with disabilities in East Tennessee to the adaptive technology tools and services they need to live with maximum independence and dignity. Spark serves people of all ages in 24 counties in East Tennessee.

Published December 3, 2018

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