young makers gather around a table at a build event to watch an instructor

On Saturday, October 15th, we were pleased to partner with Brampton Library to host a Youth Making Change family build event at their Springdale Branch.

Families worked together to build switches and adapt toys, all of which will be donated to a child with disabilities through our #HackingForTheHolidays campaign.

a family works together on a switch

In all, library staff, four families, and a local student — with eight youths — adapted 10 Boppin’ Beaver toys and built 10 Low Profile Switches. Some of the families even hacked multiple toys and made multiple switches.

The kids learned many valuable skills and saw how they can give back to their community using those skills.

a family works together on a switch

“As a Diversity and Adult Services Librarian at Brampton Library, I was particularly amazed to see the variety of interest for this program, from young and mature families to individual teens looking to learn how we can build an accessible community together,” says librarian Natalie Haid.

“Everyone was positively surprised to discover that toy hacking need not involve the most technologically skilled among us. We left the program inspired by the thought that we are all capable of being a larger part of an accessible movement, not only a participant in a fun and different program.”

We look forward to doing more great events with Brampton Library in the future.

a big group picture of all the event participants