Go Baby Go Helping Kids with Disabilities See the World from a New Perspective

For most, the ability to walk and run is something that can easily be taken for granted. For kids with spina bifida, it can mean difficulty walking and potentially being wheelchair bound. Through a project called Go Baby Go, five spina bifida patients at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois will have the ability to move around like never before.

Go Baby Go is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program that provides modified ride-on cars to children birth to age 3 who experience limited mobility.

Locally, Go Baby Go brings together University of Illinois engineers and interns from the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Illinois physical and occupational therapists and many volunteers to help children with spina bifida explore the world through independent mobility.

 Together, they customize ride-on toy cars by rewiring the gas and brake pedals and customizing each car to be hand-driven with upper body support. The customized cars will provide kids with new levels of independence and freedom.

The first five cars are expected to be completed this month and presented on July 22. If you’re interested in supporting the Go Baby Go program, contact Theresa Murphy, Strategic Philanthropy Officer for the OSF HealthCare Foundation at Theresa.murphy@osfhealthcare.org.