GoBabyGo! Nebraska!

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Research shows that independent mobility changes the way children think about space, objects and social interaction. Based on this, Cole Galloway, PT, PhD, at the University of Delaware, founded GoBabyGo to make mobility devices accessible, affordable and easy to use for all children. Go Baby Go-trained professionals modify ride-on toy cars for children with movement difficulties.

Nebraska’s chapter was funded by the Munroe-Meyer Guild in 2016. This established a partnership between MMI's Department of Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) engineering department and the College of Allied Health Professions/Physical Therapy students. GoBabyGo! Nebraska! builds and gives away modified ride-on cars twice annually to children who may benefit.

See a photo album from the latest build.

Take a peek at what GoBabyGo! does for children and professionals:  

Additional resources related to GoBabyGo in the Midwest region:
How do I know if my child might qualify for a GoBabyGo car?  
Any child between the ages of 6 months and 4 years of age with mobility limitations or developmental delays in walking may qualify for a car. Children need to have the ability to sit with trunk support and to control their head upright, at least intermittently, when their trunk is well-supported.
How much to GoBabyGo cars cost?  

The cost of modifying a ride on car is approximately $500.00. It takes a team of 3 to 5 volunteers about 3 hours to customize the car for a specific child. To date, all cars have been provided free to families through our generous community donors.

How are children selected to receive a GoBabyGo car?  
Most cars are given away on a first-come, first-serve basis. We do ask that: 1) all families attend the build so their child can be fit appropriately in the car, 2) that the child has a community based physical or occupational therapist who is actively following them to assist with car use once home, and 3) that the community based physical or occupational therapist attend the fitting on the day of the GoBabyGo build to ensure that all safety factors are addressed.
How many cars are given away at a GoBabyGo event?  
Typically 8 to 10 cars, but numbers vary.
How often and when are community builds?  
Community builds happen twice annually: in early fall and spring. These events rely on a large pool of student volunteers. Volunteers determine the dates about three months in advance.

Community builds are held on Saturday mornings and families/children come for fittings between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
How do I apply?  

Please complete the application form. (Link to form on webpage that submits directly to gobabygo email address?)

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?  
Please email our volunteer team at gobabygo@unmc.edu.
I have a ride on car or know a family member who has one. Can I donate the car to GoBabyGo Nebraska so it can be re-purposed?  
At this time, we only use specific models/types of cars and are not accepting donations of previously used cars.