- Associated Press - Saturday, March 11, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha man is spending his time altering electronic toys for children across the state with special needs.

Inspired by his 8-year-old son Evan with cerebral palsy, Aaron Miller uses his toy-tinkering station in his garage to adapt electronic toys. The toys then fill the shelves at United Cerebral Palsy’s seven tech toy lending libraries across Nebraska, the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/2nb5Yil ) reported.

“All of this started with Evan,” Miller said. “I wanted to give him something he could enjoy.”

Organization finance and service director in Nebraska, Anne Brodin, says the program began more than 20 years ago.

“It’s about inclusion,” Brodin said. “Even if it seems like a little thing, playing with a toy can be a way to feel like any other kid.”

Before Miller, most of the lending libraries’ toys would come from expensive toy-adapting companies. He sometimes hosts workshops for parents to learn how to adapt toys for cheap for their own children.

Aaron has really made this his passion,” Brodin said. “It began with just wanting to help Evan, but it’s gotten so much bigger than that. We are blessed to have him.”

He hopes that his adaptions can give those children back some of the independence they can lose due to their disabilities.

“You can just see the joy on his (Evan’s) face when he’s got his toy and he’s making it work just like any kid,” Miller said. “It’s great to be able to provide that for him.”


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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