Idaho Technology Students Association builds small cars for kids with disabilities

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Some students across Idaho convened at the College of Southern Idaho to build some small cars for kids with disabilities.

"We have about 250 (students) here and they have all the skills and all the knowledge that is required to adapt these cars," explained Sean Courtright, the manager for the Career Technical Student Organization with Idaho Career Technical Education.

This car build is also part of a nationwide organization called Go Baby Go.

"That builds modified ride on cars for children that have some adaptive needs," he said.

The students part of the Idaho Technology Students Association used their experience to modify the carts.

"There are so many awesome kids here and they have so many skills that sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do with them and in this way its their way to make a car for people and give back to people using their awesome skills," said Janie Billman, the vice president for Idaho TSA.

They added a few modifications to the car.

"We have to put on a kill switch so a parent can turn it off if they get out of control. We are also making the cart easier to use for them and then putting in kind of a roll cage so that the kids won’t fall out or tip out of the car," explained Austin DeFord, a student from Filer High School.

For Austin, working on these cars for children in need hits home.

"I have a family member of mine that, she's five, but she's maybe no more than 2-feet tall and she's barely just starting to walk," he said.

So machinery like the one he was working on could help her get around.

"It allows them mobility within their community to socialize, to network and to kind of gain that positive benefit of mobility and socialization," Courtright said.

The tech association worked with St. Luke's to give away the carts to kids in the Magic Valley community.

"To be able to help out, somebody that's like my cousin that doesn't have the ability to do things, it feels good," Austin said.



 
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