GoBabyGo2PORTLAND, Ore.–

Approximately 3,000 Oregon children under the age of 3 suffer from mobility disabilities, according to Oregon State University professor Sam Logan. To help these children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or other mobility restrictions, the innovative Go Baby Go project grants disabled children mobility through modified toy cars.

Created by University of Delaware’s Physical Therapy professor Cole Galloway, the initiative was brought to Oregon by Logan. The simple modification process, accessible online, utilizes PCV pipe, a toggle switch, and basic hardware equipment to transform a ride-on toy car. The finished product, whether a Barbie jeep or Pixar’s Lightning McQueen, allows toddlers with limited mobility to experience the freedom of unrestricted movement.

This mobility aids development “not just in motor skills but also in cognition, language and social skills,” Logan told The Oregonian.

Funded by OSU and fees from Logan’s speaking engagements, the project asks parents to return Go Baby Go cars when their child outgrows them. Cars for older children with restricted mobility are also in the works.

419834_490475477631697_1928666603_nGo Baby Go will come to Portland on May 1 in Logan’s workshop at Jefferson High School. The event will teach parents how to build the cars and give children the opportunity to drive them.

Galloway is pleased to see how the initiative took off. Now a worldwide movement, the Go Baby Go Facebook page shares posts from grateful families across the globe.

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