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Santa's Little Hackers makes toys accessible for all children

Posted at 6:18 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 22:09:39-05

WESTMINSTER — A Colorado couple is working to make sure Christmas is full of joy for children with disabilities.

Deana and Steve Watson founded Santa's Little Hackers after seeing how accessible toys changed the life of their own son.

The group says toys are not typically designed to be used by people living with disabilities, and adapting them lets children and adults with limited fine motor skills enjoy them.

Some online and catalog stores do sell switch-adapted toys, but they often come at a steep cost of $50 to $100 per toy.

Every Year Santa's Little Hackers collects thousands of toys every year, and host a one-day event where volunteers rewire them so they're easier to operate.

The event is put on by MaxMods, a group of therapists, parents, and tech-lovers who work together to make a difference in the lives of children and adults.

And they don't only help families in Colorado. Santa's Little Hackers ships toys to those who need them all over the world.