January 24, 2020

High school robotics teams give new rides to kids who use wheelchairs - WCVB Boston

By https://www.facebook.com/ December 02, 2019 10 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —

A group of high school robotics teams in Kansas City are using their skills to give kids with disabilities a new set of wheels.

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About 150 kids teamed up the nonprofit Variety KC and their “Go Baby Go” program to modify 22 Power Wheel cars for kids with disabilities.

"We take those cars and try to figure out a way to let that kid make the car go," Variety KC's Kendra Gagnon said. "So that way, they can move on their own in their homes, in their communities, at their schools, in the park."

For parent Samantha Spangler, it’s something she never thought she would see. Her son, Hunter, lives with severe autism and several other disorders.

"I actually teared up seeing him in it the very first time," Spangler said. "For years, he's watched his sisters play on their Power Wheels and he couldn't."

Gagnon said the gift of these cars also gives the kids a sense of independence.

"It gives those kids a way that they can be not just mobile, but independently mobile. They can choose how they move and where they move."

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