Toy cars change lives of kids with disabilities
These battery-powered Jeep and Barbie cars have changed the lives of many children with mobility disabilities.
Go Baby Go, a project to increase exploration amongst kids with special needs has opened a whole new world for children who suffer from mobility issues due to conditions like cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, Huffington Post
When professor Cole Galloway started his infant behaviour lab at the University of Delaware his aim was to study how children learn to move their bodies and to find ways to close the gap between typically developing children and those with mobility issues,
In 2007 the 48-year-old physical therapy professor and infant behaviour expert was approached by Sunil Agrawal, a mechanical engineering professor who also worked at the university. Agrawal, who worked with small robots, came up with the idea that they should try to work together and the two started building power mobility robots which would allow disabled children
to explore their surroundings with more confidence and independence. The high costs involved and weight of the parts made their earlier products inaccessible to those who needed them most. But a trip to Toys ‘R’ Us changed everything and instead of focusing on babies driving robots, their vision changed to babies driving race cars.
While electric wheelchairs are usually only used when kids are around three years old, Galloway’s cars can be used in the critical early years of development. In addition to mobility, these cars also provide custom physical therapy to their drivers.Check out the video below to see some of the amazing work Galloway is doing in the lives of children with mobility problems:
Would you consider purchasing a 'toy car' for your disabled child?