Power Wheels rides for kids with disabilities
Who doesn’t remember Power Wheels and tooting around the neighborhood in a hot ride as a kid? Those cars were crazy fun, and the fun continues to this day. But did you ever stop and think of the children who possibly couldn’t use them because of disabilities? Well, Power Wheels has, and it’s a great thing! Every child should experience the joy of trying to run their parents or pet down in a Power Wheels car.
Disabled children face many challenges, particularly mobility challenges. Younger children often suffer greater mobility hindrances because unless their parents are independently wealthy, wheelchairs, and other mobility assistors have to be approved by insurance companies. Insurance companies that can be reluctant to authorize these mobility aides when the cost can range between $1000-16,995 and age quickly due to the growing child and growing needs of the child. There are many hurdles to be faced to get these children into proper mobility equipment. Power Wheels has partnered with others to create a program called Go Baby Go, and they have come to the rescue!
Go Baby Go Program
Disabled children with mobility issues can face additional social challenges caused by their lack of mobility and may be limited in their opportunities to play with other children. The Go Baby Go program by Power Wheels developed at the University of Delaware is a program that aims to improve the mobility of disabled children and allow them to learn to operate mobility equipment at a young age. This increases their likelihood of being approved for costly medical mobility equipment. The program gets them into Power Wheels, which increases their mobility and ability to play with other non-disabled children.
Every child should experience the joy of trying to run their parents or pet down in a Power Wheels car.
The Power Wheels Go Baby Go program modifies Power Wheels with five-point harnesses, which keep the children firm in their seat and upright. This is added to the Power Wheels cars along with speed regulators. Depending on the particular needs of the child, the Power Wheels car may be further modified. An adult or another child supervisor usually has access to a speed regulator and braking device established outside of the vehicle.
Insurance companies that can be reluctant to authorize these mobility aides when the cost can range between $1000-16,995 and age quickly due to the growing child and growing needs of the child.
These modifications allow disabled children access to mobility tools, which they otherwise might not have access to. Medical administrators also use the children’s learned capabilities with these modified Power Wheels. Learning to use these mobility tools and becoming accustomed to them can make it easier for these children to get approved for pricey medical mobility devices through insurance. Their medical workers are able to show that the child is able to use the equipment, and also the actual improvement to their life.
The children’s ability to use these modified Power Wheels also allows them to play with other children and non-disabled children so that they don’t become socially isolated. It obviously also brings joy to their lives in being able to experience more and feeling less constrained.
These partnerships are set up all over the U.S. and are operated as somewhat independent chapters in order to better serve their established area. Power Wheels has also teamed up with local schools in the areas to take advantage of and contribute to stem programs and other possible innovations.
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