Knights on the Go Café was developed by UCF Go Baby Go!, an initiative of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Aramark Inc, UCF Business Development, UCF College of Health and Public Affairs, and Professor Cole Galloway at the University of Delaware. The café uses harness technology as a way to offer an innovative and immersive opportunity for individuals with motor impairments that incorporates both physical an vocational rehabilitation.
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It started with one wish from a young woman who had suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a car accident. That wish got Cole Galloway, a professor with the University of Delaware physical therapy department thinking about mobility issues and real-world rehabilitation for individuals recovering from TBIs.
Galloway, an inventor as well as a physical therapist, had already invented an inexpensive way to provide mobility to small children combining battery operated ride on cars with parts from the local hardware store. Now he wanted to develop a way for patients to experience physical rehabilitation using real-world scenarios. Based upon the patient’s desire to work in sales, Galloway created a harness system that could be attached to the ceiling of a small kiosk providing support for full mobility in any direction with guide bars overhead. The Go Baby Go Café was born, and within weeks the patient was selling ice cream, making coffee, and handling cash at the University of Delaware.
Here at UCF, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is embarked on the same path. Under the direction of pediatric specialist and DPT faculty member Jennifer Tucker, UCF is an official Go Baby Go! affiliate. Adding the mobility kiosk was a natural next step. The kiosk was assembled in the atrium of the Health and Public AffairsI building I (HPA I). In partnership with Aramark, a food, facilities and service provider, Knights Café opened for business in January 2016, helping to transform the life of a local TBI patients.