Do you remember this video? It’s a video about GoBabyGo with Cole Galloway sharing his vision for bringing mobility to young children. It went slightly viral in the special needs community several months ago as parents were moved by the idea of their child being able to move in a vehicle adapted just for them.
Wheelchairs and other mobility tools are reserved for children over the age of three. This is very typical, insurance only buys a wheelchair or stroller every 3+ years. With costs into the several thousands, parents generally cannot afford to provide their kids with smaller mobility choices (and frankly, because of that, there aren’t many options out there for the peanuts!). This misses critical developmental milestones! You think typical 2 and 3 year old get frustrated, imagine 2 and 3 year olds with disabilities!
Simple, quick modifications provide mobility for children for under $250. Pretty incredible.
I am bringing this program up because it hit home for me this week as a couple of my friends in HoPE shared with the Holoprosecephaly support group pictures of their children trying out their own cars, adapted just for them, by students at Oregon State University.
Mom Larisa shared that her daughter Mia (In the top picture) even got mad when they stopped her which was a huge step in her development! This is something Dylan is just going through now, at 7, and I have never been more proud of a fit before in my LIFE. I can totally relate to how proud this must have made her mama! She found a new found freedom in being able to go where she wanted, or anywhere, rather than having to stay right where she was placed.
This is Hannah – Her mom Sarah said she got the hang of driving quickly (wow!) and that she also had a very strong opinion when they stopped her to make adjustments.
Not only does GoBabyGo work with children to get them fitted for mobility, but they are truly in it for the right reasons. On their website there is information on how to make an adapted car for your child, or someone else. They have information on getting programs started in different areas (which is how Oregon State University got involved in a program that originated at the University of Delaware). Amazing!
On the tales of #givingTuesday, you can find out more about GoBabyGo! and see how you can support or be involved in one of their workshops on their website. www.udel.edu/gobabygo For more pictures and inspiration, hit their FaceBook page here.