Milford students modify a toy car for a little girl with special needs

MILFORD, Ohio (WXIX) — A 2-year-old girl with cerebral palsy can now get around a little easier and in style, thanks to some Milford High School alumni.

Ah’Shia Martin, 2, now has a new sense of freedom with a modified electric car.

The senior students used their capstone project to improve Ah’Shia’s Mercedes Benz toy car to meet his specific needs.

Milford student James Gilvary is one of five who worked on the project for the 2-year-old.

“The family originally had this car without any modifications, so we did the majority of it ourselves,” explained Gilvary.

The students installed buttons to help move the toy car around so Ah’Shia didn’t have to rely on the pedal on the floor.

Ah’Shia’s aunt, Shamaya Russia, says the modified ride will allow her to play like any other child.

“It excites us to see her face light up because she’s able to roll over and control it herself,” Russia said.

The students added armrests and installed the seat to give Ah’Shia all the support she needs.

Nathaniel Baker senior helped on the project.

He says he and his classmates got the idea from similar products.

“We looked at other examples of different things like Go Baby Go cars to kind of take inspiration from what worked before,” Baker explained.

In total, it took the students about six months to complete the customization work.

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