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Workshop to Modify Toy Cars for Children with Disabilities

Sam Logan, an Oregon State University professor who heads a similar program at the school, will be available to help volunteers, families and clinicians involved in the “Go Baby Go” program, learn to help the children move around independently.

The workshop is being sponsored by the nonprofit Talking Hands Inc., which educates, supports, advocates and provides resources to families with special needs children.

There are no commercially available devices for children with mobility issues to get around on their own, and power wheelchairs usually aren’t an option until the children are older. To that end, the modified cars provide them independence at a much younger age and at a relatively low cost.

The cars, which will be donated to the Early Childhood Center, “give children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other mobility disabilities a chance to play and socialize with their peers more easily,” said Logan, who is also an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU.

“Being pushed in a stroller or being carried from one place to another is fundamentally different from having active control over one’s own exploration, which is where the developmental gains are seen,” he said.

Interested parties are asked to consider sponsoring a modified toy car for $200. They can also consider making a tax deductible donation to Talking Hands Inc. so the organization can continue serving local families and children.

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