Wheelchair-using kids often have a tougher time getting in on Halloween fun. For over a decade, nonprofit organization Magic Wheelchair has been making it easier by assembling volunteer teams of fabricators to design and build elaborate wheelchair-friendly Halloween costumes.
The costumes are all one-offs, inspired by the child's wishes. Some examples:
Designing and fabricating the costumes isn't easy; it requires tons of blue foam and creativity—things right up the alley of every ID student. Magic Wheelchair relies on donations and volunteers to fund and build their creations, and they have teams of builders all across America. If you've got some spare time, you can sign up to volunteer here, and the organization will see if there's a child in your area in need of a builder. Alternatively, you can donate funds here.
Here's a video where Magic Wheelchair founder Ryan Weimer, whose son Keaton has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, discusses the organization's mission. You also get a glimpse of what goes into a build:
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