NREP Student Receives Modified Ride-on Car

NREP Student Receives Modified Ride-on Car
Posted on 02/21/2020
Maybelline Salinas ChicasIt was an exciting day for NREP preschool student Maybelline Salinas Chicas. Maybelline was presented with a “Go Baby Go” modified ride-on car. The car was designed and built by the Technology Education students at Admiral Byrd Middle School, under the direction and guidance of two teachers, Ethan Longenecker and David Curry. Maybelline’s mother, Griselda was overjoyed to see Maybelline so excited and all smiles as she drove her new Frozen-themed car. Maybelline is able to use her right arm to press a switch that causes the car to move. The car, itself, is steered by an adult with a remote.

Maybelline Salinas ChicasBuilding adapted ride-on cars for students with disabilities takes teamwork and collaboration between teachers, students, parents, occupational therapists and physical therapists, among many others. For Maybelline, these professionals collaborated on what type of modifications would be needed for her car. For example, they determined what type of switch was needed and where the switch should be positioned to allow Maybelline the best access to make the car move.

Maybelline was measured so that the proper-size seating system could be made and installed. The Admiral Byrd students and teachers worked after school hours to design and build the seating system and adapt the car. Other students were involved in creating the customized graphics that would be placed on the car.

Angel Ruiz, NREP resource officer, was instrumental in helping to coordinate communication between the physical therapist and Mr. Longenecker. He interpreted the program to Maybelline’s mother in Spanish and explained the consent forms. Maybelline Salinas Chicas with teachers and familyWhen the car was delivered, he was present to translate the mechanics of using the seat buckle properly and demonstrated how to assist with steering the car using a remote.

Teachers or therapists recommend students that might benefit from an adapted ride-on car. “Go Baby Go” is a program that provides adapted ride-on cars to young children with disabilities.

This is the second year of the “Go Baby Go” program at Admiral Byrd. In 2018-19, they completed four cars. This winter, three cars were completed and three more are slated for completion in the spring. The program is supported by donations.
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