Israeli development will for the first time allow children with motor disabilities to play like everyone else, using a unique toolkit that allows the disabled person to play without mediation.
The purpose of the development is to bring those children back to the play table, to allow them independence, as well as to develop in them social skills, verbal and academic abilities and full participation in the play and home environment. This project joins other projects from the alumni exhibition of the Faculty of Design at the Holon Institute of Technology.
The toolkit helps the child to play cards more efficiently and quickly due to the motor difficulty. Each participant has a magnetic stripe that holds the cards, and once the child sends the card towards the stripe, the magnet action accelerates the child’s motor action, thus adjusting his pace to the rest of the children. This greatly empowers the child, who without assessment finds it difficult to hold the card and play like everyone else.
Noa Nitzan, occupational therapist and director of the Izzy Shapira Technology Center, said of the product: “It is important to use shelf games, the ones everyone uses and loves – children with and without disabilities. This product gives the authentic card game experience, and encourages and allows full participation in the game.” Or Joffi, the product developer, added: “I wanted to allow the child or the person with the disability to play without mediation, bring him back to the game table and allow him independence.
Luca Orr, head of the Industrial Design Department at the Institute of Technology, said: “This project will help break new ground in the world of people with disabilities. It is time to address every part of our work – from the cultural-creative end to the industrial end.”