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UCF Host First Go Baby Go! Global Summit
Monday, February 06, 2017
Nilly Waiserberg and Stephanie Libzon from Tel Aviv University, with Diana Tafur inside the kiosk
Physical therapists from as far away as Israel
gathered Jan. 20-21 at the College of Health and Public
Affairs for the first global summit of the mobility
project known as Go Baby Go!
Joining the group was Professor Cole Galloway from the
University of Delaware, who founded Go Baby Go! to develop new
and inexpensive ways for individuals with mobility
impairments to explore their world. The project's innovations
include modified ride-on cars for young children and harness
systems for children and adults.
Go Baby Go! has grown to include more than 60 chapters
around the world. Among them is the UCF Go Baby Go! chapter led by Jennifer
Tucker, associate lecturer of physical therapy. The summit
offered Go Baby Go! chapters an opportunity to reflect and plan
"We came together to synchronize ideas," said physical
therapy Program Director Patrick Pabian. "We want to have the
same message and collectively raise the visibility of Go Baby
Attending the summit were representatives from Go Baby Go!
chapters at UCF; Cleveland State University in Ohio; the University
of North Florida in Jacksonville; Washington State University in
Pullman; Oregon State University in Corvallis; Rockhurst University
in Kansas City, Mo.; Marymount University in Arlington, Va.; and
Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel.
"We began the summit with chapter reports," Tucker
said, "so everyone had an overview of what others are doing
around the country. What they're doing is amazing."
Galloway (left photo, standing) followed with a
state-of-the-project address to the group. He described Go
Baby Go!'s reach, which now includes 50 hands-on
workshops, more than 6,000 modified ride-on cars, more than 10,000
Facebook followers, a TED talk and an exhibit at the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington, D.C.
He also spoke about the latest Go Baby Go! initiatives, which
include partnerships with the toy industry and development
of Go Baby Go! homes near the University of Delaware
campus. The homes will feature harness systems for adult
clients that are "user-designed," Galloway said. "It's not
high-tech, it's go-tech."
Later Galloway and the participants discussed strategies
to seize opportunities and address challenges in the
future. They also participated in a brain-storming session
complete with white boards and colored markers (photos below).
The summit provided an opportunity to showcase the
college's Knights on the Go Cafe, which features a Go
Baby Go! harness system for adults with mobility
Tel Aviv University physical therapist Nilly Waiserberg was
among those who watched client Diana Tafur move around the
food and beverage kiosk with support
from the harness system. Waiserberg was pleased to
see the system in operation and would like to
implement it in her country.
"It's been amazing to meet all of the people and learn from
them," Waiserberg said. "We are going to come home with many
She started a Go Baby Go! chapter in Tel Aviv a
year and a half ago and initially focused on building modified
ride-on cars for children with impaired mobility.
"There is an enormous need in Israel," Waiserberg said. "We've
already given away 150 cars, but we always have a waiting
list for 100 more."
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