"Working on this project, it's for this girl here," Hillier told the Burlington Free Press. "She can't really walk, and so this is going to be her first opportunity to be able to move herself."
Hillier and his team received assistance on the project from therapists at the University of Vermont's Center for Disability and Inclusion I-Team, and they suggested Miley as a possible recipient of the scooter after connecting with her, the Burlington Free Press reported.
“For kids who are unable to otherwise walk — if you give them the power to independently move, their other motor skills increase; their social skills increase; their verbal and language skills increase,” Tamra Yandow, the I-Team physical therapist, said.
Miley can use the scooter to practice getting around until her new powered wheelchair arrives. That date may be six months from now or longer, but the scooter will last until it comes, according to I-team occupational therapist Deborah Sharpe, the Burlington Free Press reported.