CDCI’s Early Mobility Project is working to raise $500 to be used to purchase part and materials for modifying powered toys to improve outcomes for young children with complex disabilities.

Independent mobility is an important component to a child’s development and typically begins around 8-12 months of age. Vermont’s Early Mobility Project works to provide this opportunity and developmental progress to children with movement delays by providing small, adapted vehicles to children as young as 8 months. Each car is modified with the help of “tech teams” and therapists ensuring children can sit safely and move the car with special controls specific to their abilities.

The freedom a child experiences from independent mobility can be life-altering to not only the child, but also to the family. Parents share stories about how much the cars have helped their child become more included in school and to fully participate in family life, including games like tag.

The Early Mobility project has entered into a wonderful partnership with UVM Engineering students to create a special car which can be adapted for a variety of children who cannot move on their own. This project will give the UVM students a real-life experience in putting their skills to use to benefit others, and give several young children with disabilities the chance to explore, play, and learn. In order to ensure the success of this project, the Early Mobility Project is seeking to raise $500, all of which will be used to purchase materials necessary to customize a vehicle.

Tax-deductible donations can be made online through the University of Vermont Foundation. Please ensure the Designation is listed as the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion Fund and write in “Early Mobility Project” under “Gift Instructions.”

On behalf of CDCI, the Early Mobility Project, and the families and children who experience the benefits of our adapted cars, we thank you for your donation and for sharing this news with your friends and families!