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. Twice yearly, Go Baby Go-trained professionals modify ride-on toy cars for children with movement difficulties and provides them to children who may benefit with no cost to the family.
Nebraska’s GoBabyGo! chapter was established in 2016 and funded by the Munroe-Meyer Guild. This 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 department and the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions/Physical Therapy students.
Take a peek at what GoBabyGo! does for children and professionals:
- 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 a candidate if:
- They are between the ages of 9 months and 5 years.
- They have mobility limitations or developmental delays in walking.
- They can sit with trunk support and control their head upright, at least intermittently, when their trunk is well-supported.
- They have adequate vision to see across the room, with our without glasses.
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 generous donations from community donors, including:
Most cars are given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.
We do ask that:
- All families attend the build so the car can be appropriately fitted for the child,
- The child has a community based physical or occupational therapist who is actively following them to assist with car use once home, and
- 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.
Community builds are held on Saturday mornings and families/children come for fittings between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
For your child to be considered for a car:Please review all FAQs on this web page (specifically 'How do I know if my child might qualify'). If you have questions about qualification, please email our team.
- 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.
- Print one of the applications below. (online applications coming soon)
- Send us your application.
- Email to email@example.com
- Fax to 402-559-9263
- Mail to GoBabyGo! Nebraska! c/o Munroe Meyer Institute - Physical Therapy Department, 985450 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-5450
At this time, we only use specific models/types of cars and are not accepting donations of previously used cars. But thanks for thinking of us!