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Designing Women Make Toys Accessible for Disabled Kids

When adults watch kids play, it looks like a lot of fun. For the kids themselves, it can also be a lot of work. Maeve Jopson and Cynthia Poon founded Increment, a company that is dedicated to making toys “inclusive” for all kids. Their first creation, O-Rings, are soft and cushy, designed to be a full-body sensory learning toy. They were inspired by a little girl named Megan who is visually impaired with reduced motor skills.

Designed for kids of all ages, the O-Rings are stackable and in incremental sizes. Each one is a different color, texture, and filled differently to stimulate the full body sensory learning experience. They are simple enough that they also encourage creativity and imagination. So they are great for “make believe,” and kids can invent just about anything to do with them, helping them build the skills they will need to be self-reliant adults.

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The two friends were seniors at the Rhode Island School of Design when they first began designing accessible toys. They brought children with and without disabilities together. According to Cynthia,

“We worked with educators, specialists, parents, and kids, to understand what unmet needs existed for children both in play and development. We discovered that many toys and tools have to be adapted to be used by a child with disabilities, and saw an opportunity to create a product that could fulfill many roles in many environments.”

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Visit IncrementStudios.com and see what the designers are up to next!

 

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