Magic wheelchair for Halloween; build better houses; cardboard and cars

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We’re counting down to Halloween, which means the hunt is on to find the perfect costume for a sleight of hand. For families with children with special needs, the effort is complicated by the need for items that can be manipulated around mobility aids, helmets, tubes and other items.

Fortunately, retailers and volunteer groups have stepped up to help parents ensure their children can take part in the holiday with friends.

Disney, for example, has a full line of princesses, Buzz Lightyear Rockets, and vinyl flying carpets for stretching on and around wheelchairs. Target Corp. sells adaptive items online, as do many regional stores such as Meijer in the Midwest.

Solidworks software and prototyping specialist and 3D experience lab (both companies are part of Dassault Systèmes) worked with a non-profit organization magic wheelchair to transform a wheelchair used by Savannah, an 11-year-old girl in Salem, Mass., into a replica of a judge’s chair from the tv show The voice. Savannah unveiled the costume at an event on Oct. 8 in Salem.

Her costume includes a large red button, similar to the ones the judges use for the singing competition, which Savannah can press to shout “trick or treat”.

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