'Go Baby Go' gives safe toy cars to special needs kids

Program modifies toy cars for special needs kids

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A program called "Go Baby Go" is giving kids with disabilities a chance to move like they never have before.

"We're taking toy cars and modifying them," explained OSU Assistant Professor Sam Logan.

2-year-old Lily Allred's family came to a workshop at Jefferson High School Friday,

"She was born with spina bifida," said her mom. "This car will help her keep up with her older brother and sister."

Logan based the design on a program at the University of Delaware.

"It's a matter of making the car safe and soft in case kids bump their heads or elbows," said Lily's dad, Corbin.

OSU exercise science students work with the families to make the modifications using PVC pipes, pool noodles and Styrofoam kickboards.

Since Go Baby Go started in the fall, more than 40 kids have been put in the driver's seat.

"It's so rewarding to see the smiles, said OSU student Ashley. "It makes all we do in the classroom make sense."


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