The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health are teaming
up today to give some children with limited mobility a little bit
Orlando Health is sponsoring a UCF Go Baby Go! event at
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in downtown Orlando.
UCF Go Baby Go! was established in 2015 as a chapter of the
national Go Baby Go! program, which develops innovative, accessible
ways to improve the lives of children and adults with limited
mobility. The program creates modified ride-on toy cars for young
children and portable-assistive harness systems for children and
Jennifer Tucker, who runs the program at UCF and is a lecturer
in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, will provide a workshop
for parents and physical therapists from Orlando Health. Tucker
will address how important mobility is for a child's development
and she will talk about the local and national efforts of Go Baby
"This is about independent mobility," Tucker said. "We know that
getting children mobile isn't just a necessary part of their
physical therapy. It is also a critical part in a child's
socialization, growth and future potential. This is about so much
more than a car. This is about giving a child an opportunity at a
future that includes not being left on the sidelines as their peers
Afterwards, the attendees will join UCF volunteers who will help
them build the modified ride-on toy cars at the hospital. Nine
children will be able to take the vehicles home. One car will stay
at the hospital to give pediatric patients an opportunity for a fun
driving experience during hospital stays.
Written by Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala
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— Suha Saleh,
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Director
It was great to see Jennifer [Plant] honored with the statewide Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. She is an exceptional teacher, a professional leader and an amazing colleague.
— Kristen Schellhase,
Interim Chair, Athletic Training Director
The event [for children with disabilities] was a huge success. We had about 30 children, and the students did a phenomenal job. I'm already receiving inquiries about next year's event.