CANFIELD - Go Baby Go is a nationally known program that enables children 5 and younger with disabilities to experience the thrill and movement of driving a motorized car.
The cars are specially modified to accommodate physical disabilities including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and spina bifida. For the second time, several groups converged to safely equip a half dozen cars that were made for specific children in the Mahoning Valley.
Volunteers from Mahoning County Career and Technical Center and Youngstown State University Physical Therapy Program, as well as local electricians and teachers, worked in conjunction Saturday with OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science and Technology and Mahoning County Educational Service Center to modify a small "fleet of cars" so Valley kids can benefit.
Matthew Chamberlain, 7, of Columbiana is pictured going down the ramp, which was part of the obstacle course Saturday at MCCTC, with his new car that was modified just for him by volunteers at the annual Go Baby Go program.
Past research has shown that this kind of opportunity for independent mobility is linked to cognitive, social, motor and language development.