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John Schimmel and Holly Cohen talk about New York City organization DIYability, which offers maker workshops focusing on tool use, collaboration, and assistive technology for disabled kids. For instance, in an upcoming toy adapting workshop, participants will learn how to solder and then will add accessible switches to their electronic toys. The group found inspiration in Abilities, Inc., a post-WWII Long Island military contractor and everyone who worked there was disabled.

John and Holly run down various techniques for making your makerspace accessible for those with differing abilities, including designing jigs to help members use the tools they need.

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