Biomedical Equipment Technology Students Modify Toys for Special Needs Children

Just in time for the holiday season, senior students in Johnson College’s Biomedical Equipment Technology Program donated toys to children at St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton.

Students recently visited the Center to drop off a number of different toys, fully equipped with fresh batteries. Many Elmo toys were donated as well as two very special toys, which were modified with special needs children in mind. A number of senior Biomedical Equipment Technology students spent time rewiring a talking doll and a walking dinosaur so that the controls would be easier for handicapped children to activate.

Doug Hampton, Chairperson of the Biomedical Equipment Technology Program, explained, “My students adapted the toys by rewiring small switches, which are hard for special needs children to switch on and off. Now, the toys could be activated with the press of a large button instead. The students loved the hands-on experience of modifying the toys, and felt very good about donating them to the children at St. Joseph’s Center.”

To find out more about St. Joseph’s Center, which is currently celebrating its 125th Anniversary, visit

The Biomedical Equipment Technology Program at Johnson College prepares students as entry-level technicians for the operation, inspection, installation, calibration, repair, maintenance, and safety of patient-care and non-patient care equipment. Visit to learn more.

From left to right (Back Row):
  Doug Hampton, Chairperson of Biomedical Equipment Technology Program; Kelly Flanagan, St. Joseph’s Center; Joseph Trescavage, Jr. ’13, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Scranton; Jason Wallick ’13, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Factoryville
From left to right (Front Row):  Tiler Thompson, St. Joseph’s Center; Fancy Wideman, St. Joseph’s Center