``The drive for exploration through movement & mobility is a deep part of being fully human.``
- Cole Galloway
Go Baby Go! is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program that provides accessible, inexpensive and common sense solutions for kids and adults with limited mobility. The program was founded by Cole Galloway at the University of Delaware. Using an approach to combine high tech and low tech – or “go tech” – Cole designs assistive devices that help to restore physical independence for individuals with disabilities.
The UCF Go Baby Go! program began at the University of Central Florida, in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, in 2015 under the direction of pediatric specialist and DPT faculty member Dr. Jennifer Tucker. The program continues to find innovative solutions for children and adults with limited mobility.
The mission of UCF Go Baby Go! is to provide innovative, accessible, and practical options to improve the lives of individuals with limited mobility. UCF Go Baby Go! is dedicated to interdisciplinary research, community outreach, and advocacy for children and adults with motor impairments. Our goal is to provide meaningful opportunities for mobility, participation, and play for individuals of all abilities.
Knights on the Go Café
Knights on the Go! Café is one of the programs developed by UCF Go Baby Go!, an initiative of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Aramark Inc, UCF Business Development, the College of Health & Public Affairs, and Dr. Cole Galloway at the University of Delaware. The café uses harness technology as a way to offer an innovative and immersive opportunity for individuals with motor impairments that incorporates both physical an vocational rehabilitation.
If you know someone who might benefit from this program, you can submit a nomination form by click the button below.
Go Baby Go! Cars for Kids
Do you know a child who would love a Go Baby Go car?
UCF Go Baby Go! is currently accepting applications for upcoming Workshops, so if you know a little guy or gal who*:
- Is between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old
- Can sit supported for 10 to 15 minutes
- Can see
- Can hold his/her head up by himself/herself
- Can use two hands to hold a toy
- Parent/Guardian is able transport the built car home following the event
Then we want to meet them! Space is very limited for each workshop, so contact us today!
Through our workshops, and individual builds, UCF Go Baby Go! provides children with mobility limitations modified ride-on cars, drastically impacting their lives by getting them moving! Mobility has been demonstrate to positively affect a child’s physical, cognitive, and social development.
UCF Go Baby Go! is currently accepting applications for upcoming Workshops, so if If you know a child who would benefit from receiving a Go Baby Go car, click the Nominate a Child button below.
*Please fill out an Nomination Form even if your child may not meet all of listed qualifications, and a team member will be in touch to follow up with you! 🙂
Go Baby Go! Harness Play Dates
Do you know a child who would love to trial our harness system?
UCF Go Baby Go! is currently accepting applications for upcoming harness play dates, so if you know a little guy or gal who:
- Is between the ages of 10 months and 6 years old
- Can hold his/her head up by himself/herself
- Can maintain supported sitting for 10 to 15 minutes
- Accepts some weight through legs in supported standing position
Then we want to meet them!
We host harness play dates in our IMOVE lab and around the community throughout the year. The system provides body weight support to the child with mobility impairments; giving them the opportunity to freely engage with their peers and environment in an upright position, within the footprint of the system.
UCF Go Baby Go! is currently accepting applications for upcoming Play Dates, so if If you know a child who would benefit from participating in a harness play date, click the Nominate a Child button below.
*Please fill out an Nomination Form even if your child may not meet all of listed qualifications, and a team member will be in touch to follow up with you!
Levi is one of 16 children who received a customized UCF Go Baby Go! car during our December 4th Holiday Workshop. Modified cars not only help kids like Levi, who live with mobility challenges, get around on their own, they also provide therapeutic, cognitive and social benefits. #cars4kids
With the help of UCF Go Baby Go! sponsors, we are hoping to raise enough money to provide modified cars for kids just like Levi and to provide much-needed resources for children through our mobility lab.
Every little bit helps! Please click the “Donate” button to be part of the UCF Go Baby Go! initiative.
Donations to UCF Go Baby Go! are accepted through the UCF Foundation and are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All donors will receive a receipt by mail, which can be used to claim an itemized deduction on your tax return.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We love sharing the mission of UCF Go Baby Go! and the awesome results we are seeing on social media. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-date info on what we are up to and what we have coming up next. The NEWS section on this page is also a great way to ‘see’ all the wonderful things we are doing. If you have a specific question, just shoot us an email through our CONTACT form.
Right now, the distribution of the modified ride-on cars is limited to scheduled UCF Go Baby Go! workshops. Dr. Jennifer Tucker can work with you via email to determine if we have the resources to help based on the needs of your child.
Yes! If you are interested in learning more about contributing to the UCF Go Baby Go! program, we encourage you to visit our GIVE page to be directed right to the UCF Go Baby Go! Foundations Account page, where you can make a direct gift online. Easy peasy!
Yes. Donations to UCF Go Baby Go! are accepted through the UCF Foundation and are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All donors will receive a receipt by mail, which can be used to claim an itemized deduction on your tax return.
Currently, we are equipped to modify Lightning McQueen models. These are 6v models that work best for children 6 months to 3 years old. We hope to be able to offer bigger cars very soon!
At this time, we do not have the resources or personnel to modify cars and ship nationally. However, there are several resources available online.
University of Delaware’s GoBabyGo website (founding group) includes several links such as a national and international contact list and information on how to bring a workshop to your area. You can also check out its Facebook page.