This year’s Christmas Adapt-A-Thon was a fantastic success for the children of Florida who use switches to control their toys and devices!
Continue reading Adapt-A-Thon 2018 was a Huge Success!
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Orange Technical College Mid-Florida Campus
Launch Site Building
2900 W Oak Ridge Rd
Orlando, FL 32809
Sunday Nov 25, 2018
9:00am – 5:00pm
Children with complex disabilities including motor and muscle diseases throughout Florida.
- Pinellas County Schools
- Pasco County Schools
- Alachua County Schools
- Groups served by UCF FAAST RDC
- Private institutions and individuals in need of adapted toys
Contact & Media Inquiries
Media outlets are welcome to report and participate in the event: we’ll even teach you to solder!
Email us at email@example.com or phone Eric Carson at (727) 232-3779 for more information
It’s official: this year’s Adapt-A-Thon will be a on November 25th at the fabulous Launch Site building at Orange Technical College in Orlando! Last year’s event adapted over 100 toys for children who use AT switches, and this year is going to be even better!
How? Well first, we’ve got more kids! Eight separate groups of young Makers are planning on joining us at the event:
- GRA-V FRC Team FRC Team 5816 (our hosts!)
- Roaring Riptide FRC Team 4118
- Royal Robotics FRC Team 5842
- Super 7 FTC Team 7477
- Exploding Bacon FRC Team 1902
- UF Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE)
- UF Building Others Through STEM (BOTS)
- UF Generational Relief in Prosthetics (GRiP)
That should about triple the number of hands working on toys, so we’re going to expand our goals! Specifically, we’ll be working on three new areas:
- Working with a larger number of groups who need toys. Does your school district need adapted toys? Or your charity (or just your child?) Let us know (but please contact us soon!)
- Including toys targeting older switch users. Dice rollers (for D&D, boggle, etc.), “Hand Raisers”, etc. are great for “bigger kids” and we’ve got the skills & designs to make them.
- Providing Switches & PC Switch Interfaces. We have three working switch designs that are all 3D printable: we’ll make sure any kid who needs a switch gets one. In addition, we’ll be providing low-cost switch interfaces to allow switches to be used as mouse and keyboard input to a PC or Mac.
This will be amazing, but it will cost money – more money than our usual funding methods can handle (but thank you LessonPix.com & the Binkos and Griffiths!). We estimate that even if the recipient groups purchase most of the unadapted toys, we’ll need about $2000.00 to make this happen.
Please consider making a donation to this event. We are a 501(c)(3) charity and will be happy to work with you to make your donation or advertising purchase go as far as possible. If you’d like more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adapted toys are magic for kids with motor issues. It’s true that the toy creates joy and fun for the child, but it’s also the first step towards the ability to control their world. This guide will show you how to choose and adapt a toy for your kid. Continue reading Switch Adapting a Child’s Toy
At ATMakers, we use lots of AT Jacks. Every switch-adapted toy, every interface device, almost everything we make requires a 3.5mm jack or plug.
Because of this, we ask STEM programs and Robotics teams to make us jacks and plugs as their first soldering project, and we’re always making them here. Therefore we have lots of jacks, and we need to do lots of testing! This project makes that simple!
Continue reading Automated Testing of 3.5mm AT Jacks
This year, ATMakers.org was thrilled to host the first annual ATIA Maker Day at the ATIA Annual Conference!
STEM Students and Makers from around the country shared their experiences working with AT Users as well as the amazing technology and skills they bring to bear. ATIA attendees learned to solder, adapt toys, and make custom AT solutions using InstaMorph and corrugated plastic. Everyone had a fantastic time and the exhibit hall was filled with incredible energy! Continue reading #ATIAMakerDay 2018 was a huge hit!
In this guide, we add an AT Switch jack to a Fart Blaster so that switch users can use it.
How do you switch-adapt over 100 toys for kids in a single day? Over 40 volunteers working over 8 hours of controlled chaos certainly helps!
Thank you to our two FRC Teams (Roaring Riptide #4118 & GRA-V #5816), FACTUR for the use of their event space & equipment, U.F. Engineering’s B.O.T.S. team, LessonPix.com for financial support (and Pizza!) and everyone who gave their Sunday to help out the kids F.A.A.S.T. serves!
Continue reading Christmas Toy Adapt-A-Thon for F.A.A.S.T.
Follow along with this guide as we switch adapt a Clubhouse Fun Minnie to work with standard 3.5mm AT Switches.
Continue reading Clubhouse Fun Minnie – Switch Adaptation
Follow along with this guide as we switch adapt a My Bubble Machine to work with standard 3.5mm AT Switches.
Follow along with this guide as we switch adapt a Minion Stuart to work with standard 3.5mm AT Switches.