This is a blog about adaptive equipment for children with physical and cognitive disabilities.  I design and build this equipment for the Toronto District School Board.

I have been working with these children for 16 years and these adaptations are the result of working to enable a child with gross or fine motor difficulties to participate in all aspects of a classroom program.  Some of these adaptations are for deaf, blind, deaf/blind or autistic students and students who are non speaking.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayyTSf7wRu4 – global tv

http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/moira_macdonald/2009/12/23/12247706-sun.html – article from Toronto Sun

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/teachingawards/ – 2007 recipient of the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education – special needs

Also 2008 recipient of appreciation award from Toronto CEC – Council for Exceptional Children

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXsBhQcKAJw  Winning submission – Best Buy best in class $10,000 winner.  This was a collaboration of a number of staff members.  My adaptations in the video are 1) ipad case and mount  2) custom switch pad and access  3) camera box, enables a point and shoot camera to be used like a single switch.


4 Responses to About

  1. Emily McQueen says:

    Dale, it was great to meet you on Wednesday — you are inspiring! Thanks for hooking Colin and me up with your blog, I’m sure we’re going to be looking for lots of solutions come September.

  2. Hannah Boulter says:

    I am a graphic design student of the University of Brighton, and am currently in the research period of a self initiated project, looking to redesign and develop visual aids for people with autism.

    Could I email you with a list of inquires concerning your expertise?

    Hannah Boulter

  3. Jennifer says:

    Hi Dale,
    I will be using you as a shining example of people who make a difference.
    I’m teaching a course at the University of Ottawa at the Faculty of Education about inclusive classrooms.
    I always enjoyed working with you and I miss you!
    Give everyone at Sunny View a big hug from me!
    Jennifer Bygrave

    • toydoctor says:

      Hi Jennifer, we miss you here at Sunny View. I can’t think of anyone better to teach this course with all your hands on experience. They are lucky to have you. Nice to hear from you.

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