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University Students Build High-Tech Toys For Disabled Kids

University of North Florida

At the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, engineering and physical therapy students are converting drivable toy cars from store shelves into custom-made fun for disabled children.

The Adaptive Toy program has received a 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health and is helping families with disabled children while giving the students a dose of community service that will stick with them long after graduation.

The parents of 4-year-old Scarlett Wilgis, who has cerebral palsy, say they've had a hard time finding toys that she can play with.

Scarlett received a toy car with a large push button that replaced the steering wheel and light sensors mounted underneath the car will allow it to follow a line of tape along the floor.

Doctors say the toy will give Scarlett a new mobility, and help her become more independent.