CSU is promoting mobility in young children through a unique multidisciplinary project housed in the new Center for Innovation in Medical Professions. Together with families and researchers around the world, CSU faculty and students are developing low-cost, high-impact technologies ranging from battery-powered, ride-on cars for infants to hands-free harness systems for children and adults.
Independent mobility is linked to cognitive, social, motor, language and social-emotional development. From 6 months to 3 years of age, typically developing children move toward people or things of interest, learning from their environment and forming important neurological pathways. However, between 6 and 9 percent of children under the age of 16 have impairments that restrict mobility. By reducing the barriers to independence through assistive technologies, CSU clinicians can augment physical capabilities and optimize participation in play or leisure activities for age-appropriate development.
Join Us This Fall!
- Partners across Northeast Ohio put children with motor and sensory impairments in the driver's seat for social experiences and enrichment activities outside of home or school.
- Volunteers work with the CSU team to build racecars, tracks and harnesses tailored to each child’s therapeutic goals and fulfill the universal need for independence, exploration and play.
- Sponsors help ensure any family can access these resources, participate in CSU programs and benefit from our services - regardless of income or ability.
All events are free, but pre-registration is required.
Children may bring their own mobility device or test drive a racecar and harness
with CSU's team of therapists, engineers and educators.
Sensory Friendly Time with the Children's Museum of Cleveland
Saturdays - September 9, October 7 and November 11 (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm)
PLAAY on the Move at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Fridays - September 29th and October 20th (10 am -12 pm)
Children with mobility impairments are invited to join us to explore the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo through our newest adventure - Participation in Leisure Allowing Access for EverYone - PLAAY on the Move!
Demonstration at CSU Homecoming!
Saturday - October 7
Open house for alumni, professionals and families seeking a practical understanding of how to modify seating, steering and drive systems to match pediatric mobility needs.
Support Go Baby Go!
Giving to GoBabyGo is easy!
provides free, modified racecars to 15 children each year!
Last year, nearly 200 employees and their families volunteered!
Learn, observe or volunteer!
CSU offers a wide variety of opportunities for students, alumni, therapists, researchers, families and community organizations. Please contact our program director Dr. Madalynn Wendland to learn more about one-time activities and long-term projects for individuals or groups at all skill levels.
If your family or client is interested in participating in our federally-funded research study of babies with Down syndrome, please contact our research coordinator.
In the News
WOIO: Adaptive toys, equipment helping special needs children gain independence (December 23, 2016)
Crain's Cleveland Business: Cleveland State research explores childhood mobility (June 4, 2016)