University of Dayton faculty and students teamed up with the Miami Valley Spina Bifida Organization and Dayton Children’s Hospital to modify toy cars with push-button controls, headrests and more.
No one – much less a child – should be stuck inside a body that won’t move. Yet, our kids are unable explore on their own. Some cannot walk. Others can stand and even walk with crutches or other aids, but still have trouble keeping up with their typically-developing peers. Some cannot use their hands effectively or at all. Some can only move their heads and necks. These challenges mean that it is a lot harder for them to learn, grow and connect with others.
When you meet our kids – our funny, determined, joyous, irrepressible kids – you will be just as determined as we are to get them racing. Read on to learn more about the kids we serve and how rideable cars make such a big difference in their lives.
Around the world, teams like ours are building cars to get kids with movement limitations racing, inspired by a grassroots initiative called "Go Baby Go!" developed at the University of Delaware. Today, there are independent branches of this initiative all over the world, including Geeks for Kids. The cars and the kids differ from place to place but the goal is the same: to get kids moving as early as possible so they can learn and grow.
To date, volunteers have built thousands of cars for kids with disabilities. Every story about these kids and their cars is unique, but all are exciting and inspiring. Here are just a few of our favorites.