It doesn’t matter if you’re 3 or 103, the ability to be independently mobile is something we all inherently need. It’s that feeling when you just get your license and need to have a car of your own for the first time. That same feeling is also intrinsic to a child’s development when they are first learning to play and interact with one another. However, that independence isn’t always possible for some children who have disabilities, especially for those under certain ages. According GoBabyGo, a University of Delaware project, there isn’t a single commercially available wheelchair for children under the age of four. This is obviously a shock to most people— how isn’t the medical community helping this segment? Especially since it deals with children. RELATED: See Photos of the Hot Wheels Ford Transit
Pediatric Researcher and designer, Dr. Cole Galloway, felt the same way, so he started GoBabyGo to figure out some novel ways to help these forgotten children. The result is something truly brilliant. In true auto enthusiast fashion, Galloway modified some Fisher Price Power Wheels and thus the project was born.
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Powered wheelchairs for children cost anywhere from $500-$2,500, a huge expense, particularly for a family who in all likelihood has staggeringly large medical bills. However, the cost of a Power Wheels is only around $200-$400, a much easier number to get to for a struggling family. After that, Galloway used some PVC tubing, soft foam insulation to go around the tubing, and a small bit of wiring, and got a fully functional wheel chair for under $500. A wheelchair, which would be able to be controlled by children under the age of four.
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There’s nothing worse than being denied your mobility, but Dr. Galloway figured out a solution to help children stay active, stay mobile, and not suffer the loss of interaction. It’s also good-old fashioned hot-rodding at its best.
If you want to know more about the GoBabyGo project, head over here. In addition, if you feel so inclined and want to help support the program, head here.
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