Noah’s Ark Toy Library for Children with Special Needs Inc. (NATL) – provides a service for children with special needs and their families in Sydney’s northern suburbs. The library has its base at Artarmon and visits locations in Ryde and Thornleigh twice a month during school term.
Noah’s Ark was established in 1976 by parents and professionals working with children who had a variety of special needs. This was in response to the growing demand for early intervention services and the necessity for parents and professionals to work together to give the children the maximum opportunity to develop skills and independence. Noah’s Ark has over 2,000 toys; many are purchased specifically to meet the needs of special needs children.
Who can join
Any child with a special need whether physical, intellectual or sensory, temporary or permanent may join the library. Groups are welcome. Many of the clients attend an early intervention program, specialist therapy session, speech pathologist or special education unit and use this resource to continue their therapy programs at home. There is no age limit but toys are generally suitable for children 0-6 years developmentally
Families $60 and groups $100 per annum
How many toys can be borrowed
Nine items from different categories according to child’s needs can be borrowed for up to one month. However changing toys fortnightly is encouraged. Should you have any difficulty attending the library to return toys on a specific day you need to contact the office on 9411 4429 to make alternative arrangements.