TUET (Toys & games Usability Evaluation Tool) is a method of analysis to evaluate play materials by considering the physical characteristics that are appropriate for children with hearing, visual, or upper-limb motor impairments.
Based on Universal Design principles, this unique tool helps children with the widest range of abilities to play for the sake of play with easily accessible and usable toys and games. A quick analysis with TUET makes the identification of such play materials possible.
TUET is designed for toy companies, for education and rehabilitation professionals, toy librarians, teachers and parents to help them design, select and adapt toys and games to the needs of all children, including those with hearing, visual or motor impairments.
To design inclusive toys and games
To identify and select inclusive toys and games
To understand the needs of children with disabilities
It evaluates the usability and accesibility of toys and games considering three impairments: Hearing, Visual, and Upper-limb Motor.
After reading the detailed instructions on how to use the tool, there are three steps:
Define the purpose and intended user of the toy/game
Indicate the type and level of impairment of the intended user
Answer each question on the tables, calculate results and evaluate the toy/game
TUET has been translated into different languages to be used by experts, teachers, parents, designers, engineers and companies from different countries around the world.
These translations were validated in relevant institutions in each country, acording to the terms and conditions defined by the Authors and the Publisher.
Maria Costa, Odile Perino and Sylvie Ray-Kaeser are management committee members of the European COST Action TD1309 LUDI “Play for children with disabilities” (2014-2018).
TUET represents the final result of a research activity that combined the professional experience of the two important institutions in Europe in the field of toy accessibility and usability -AIJU in Spain and FM2J in France-. Together with the expertise on children’s requirements of HES-SO EESP in Switzerland.
This tool was developed and validated in seven European countries by experts from the COST Action TD1309, LUDI “Play for children with disabilities”, between March 2017 and April 2018.