Building Process and Modifications
Ride On Cars
Modifications vary from child to child and are based on their individual needs. Determining factors include the child's age, weight, height, physical capability, strength, therapy requirements, etc. Depending on the child, other modifications may need to be done to make the car suitable.
General Modifications- Most cars are fitted with a large button replaces the foot pedal or can be used instead of the pedal until the child is able to use it. The buttons are sensitive and it makes it easy for them to drive. Five point harnesses, toggle switches that allow for parental control, and PVC piping for framing are added for safety and stability. Seat and steering modifications are determined based on child's needs as well but may include things such as extending the steering wheel or creating a custom seat for the child.
Sit-to-Stands: Currently we are working with the Blue Water Area Robotics Alliance to develop a sit-to-stand prototype for kids who need to strengthen their leg muscles. These battery-powered vehicles look like three-wheelers and typically are powered by buttons on the handle bars. They are modified to require that a child stand to release a button in the seat in order to make them go (modifications include handles for standing height). With a flip of a toggle-switch they can also be powered by the traditional handle-bar button.
Wheelchairs are built with the Fisher Price Space Saver High Chair. An aluminum base with HDPE sheeting is created to hold the seat. Then two 16 inch wheels are attached with brackets. Caster wheels are added to the front and back to stabilize the chair.