"Go Baby Go!" helps kids with disabilities get behind the wheel

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - A young boy with Edwards' Syndrome can now keep up with his family and friends, thanks to a special program.

Karder Williams is 6 years old. He's had his specialized Jeep for a few weeks now, and rides in it often.

"Usually we have to charge the battery after every time, because he does ride in it a lot," said Lacey Williams, Karder's mom.

Williams was nominated by his physical therapist for the "Go Baby Go!" program, which builds adapted motorized vehicles for children with disabilities.

A group of physical therapy students with the University of Nebraska Medical Center volunteer to work with the program.

They spent their Saturday morning fitting Williams for his Jeep, which helps him overcome some of his physical limitations.

"We adapt it using this PVC pipe to make it a little more accessible so he can grab onto it," said Bailey Lehmkuhler, one of the PT students who volunteers for the program. "We also added the Velcro straps and the harness so he wouldn't go anywhere."

Kids with Edwards' Syndrome, or Trisomy 18, have certain abnormalities to their body, such as clenched fists or a small jaw.

Williams has been going to physical therapy since he was six weeks old.

That's part of the reason his mom said they're so supportive of the "Go Baby Go!" program.

"We've seen a lot of growth through physical therapy, occupational therapy and also speech therapy. So we really appreciate all the education that they go through to be able to provide those types of services," Lacey Williams said.

Lehmkuhler said their branch of the program typically makes around three cars each year.

She said they'll adapt the cars for the kid's disability, and engineering students at UNK will handle the mechanics.

If you know someone who would benefit from one of these adapted cars, you can visit https://www.unmc.edu/mmi/departments/pt/gobabygone.html for more information.