Independent mobility changes the way young children think about space, play and social interaction. Because of this, Cole Galloway, PT, PhD, at the University of Delaware, founded GoBabyGo to make devices for mobility easy to use for all kids and less costly for their families. GoBabyGo-trained teams at MMI modify ride-on toy cars for young children with motor difficulties and provide those cars, at no cost, to families.
Nebraska’s GoBabyGo! program began in 2016. Funded by the Munroe-Meyer Guild and other donors, the program is a partnership between MMI's Department of Physical Therapy, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) engineering departments and the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions/Physical Therapy students.
Take a peek at how GoBabyGo! transforms lives:
- See photos from the 2021 fall build.
- MMI teams with Union Pacific for latest GoBabyGo! | UNMC
- Munroe-Meyer, Union Pacific workers provide free cars for kids with disabilities
- UP: Go Baby Go! Toddler take Victory Laps at UP Center
- Special set of wheels helps kids with impaired mobility get around
- PT students on a roll
- Go Baby Go Brightens Futures
- Children with Mobility get some Vroom
Frequently Asked Questions
Your child is considered for a car if:
- They are between 9 months and 4 years old.
- They have delays in crawling and/or walking.
- They can sit with support and keep their head upright, at least part of the time.
- They can see across the room, with our without glasses.
Children who have or will soon receive a power chair are not considered.
Most cars are given away first-come, first-serve.
We do ask that:
- All families attend the build so the car can be fit for your child,
- A physical or occupational therapist is actively caring for your child to assist with the car once home, and
- A physical or occupational therapist who knows your child attends the car fitting on the day of the GoBabyGo build to be sure that all safety concerns are addressed.
GoBabyGo builds happen twice a year: in early fall and spring. These events rely on a large group of student volunteers. Volunteers decide the dates about three months in advance.
Builds are held on Saturday mornings and families/children come for fittings between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The cost of each ride on car is approximately $500.00. It takes a team of 3 to 5 volunteers about 3 hours to modify a car for a child. To date, all cars are free to families through donations from:
- Munroe-Meyer Guild
- NU Foundation
- Community groups
- Individual donors
- Review the following forms which must be signed by the child's parent or legal guardian and returned to us before the application can be finalized.
- GoBabyGo Agreement (PDF)
- UNMC Media Authorization form (PDF)
- Email the above signed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX them to: 402-559-9263
- Fill out this application. Ask your child’s physical or occupational therapist to help if you don’t know all the information. Once submitted, the form automatically goes to the GoBabyGo team.
- Our team will contact you with more information once we receive the application, the signed GoBabyGo Agreement, and signed UNMC Media Authorization Form linked above.
At this time, we only use specific types of new cars and do not accept used cars. But thanks for thinking of us!