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Nationwide Children’s Hospital, OSU team up in toy workshop for kids with disabilities

Just in time for the holidays, a special toy workshop was set up inside Nationwide Children's Hospital Saturday. (WSYX/WTTE)

Just in time for the holidays, a special toy workshop was set up inside Nationwide Children's Hospital Saturday.

The workshop was intended to help families like two-year-old Noah and his parents.

"Noah has a really rare syndrome," said mom Alyssa May. "So, with that, he has had a ton of medical issues."

Mom and dad drove up from Ashland, Kentucky.

"We don't really have these resources where we are at a couple hours away," said dad Taylor Webb.

They worked with one of many Ohio State University College of Engineering students to modify toys that work for Noah.

"I just love that it is using sort of our engineering powers for good," said toy specialist and student Victoria Kinzel.

For many kids, they can only navigate life using a remote or something similar programmed through a chair. This gives them options.

"That way kids with disabilities can use their switches that are designed specifically for them," said Kinzel. "They can plug into the toy and run the toy just as typical child would."

It also helped parents gain these skills and give their kids the gift of play time.

"These kids they want toys. They want to play and they just can't go to Walmart and buy a toy or go to Target, you know," said Audrey Shifflett with Nationwide Children's Hospital, "and the toys from the therapy companies are very expensive."

Nationwide Children's Hospital has been doing this for around eight years, recently partnering with the Ohio State College of Engineering to make this happen.

Toys are donated to the families.

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