New technology helping kids with special needs walk

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Many parents who have children with special needs live with the reality that their children may never walk or even stand on their own.

A new adaptive device is bringing them one step closer. The Robbie Foundation recently purchased three Upsees. It attaches the child to the parent's legs using a harness, so children with limited mobility can experience walking. Shannon Carter says it has been life-changing for her whole family.

"To be able to play kickball with his brother, and hide-and-seek, and run around with him, it's amazing," Carter said about her son Dakota. "Things that we didn't think we would be able to do without really holding him up."

Some parents have purchased the Upsees on their own. The Robbie Foundation is also letting families use them on a trial basis.


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