June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Community Engagement Division
The Toy Adaptation Program (TAP) currently has partners in engineering and health, interested in profit and non-profit work, and who are individuals and organizations. This intricate network was developed over the last five years and brings together a variety of stakeholders interested in toy adaptation. Toy adaptation is the process of modifying an electronic toy for a child with a special need. TAP along with its community partners has been able to establish a presence in this space while serving others.
Currently, TAP facilitates a variety of workshops for students, families, and other stakeholders all interested in addressing the need for adapted toys. These workshops take many forms and have evolved over the years based on the recommendations and interests of our partners. To date, TAP has donated over 1,000 adapted toys.
In this paper, we will share our lessons learned through successes and failures related to TAP. For example, to establish our health related network, we had to reach beyond our professional networks leveraging personal connections in the health field that were not immediately obvious (i.e., asking a personal doctor to connect you to a potential future colleague). By sharing our lessons learned, we hope to aid others wishing to establish a strong network which includes many stakeholders. Through these collaborations true success is achieved and progress is made.
West, M., & Kajfez, R. L., & Riter, E. (2017, June), Engagement in Practice: One Program’s Approach to Creating a Strong Network Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28235
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