Follow us : Twitch Youtube Twitter Instagram Facebook

SpecialEffect News

SpecialEffect News

30 Mar 2018

Sticks and switches get John back on track!

Great to be able to visit John and get him back on track with his gaming recently. You might remember him in this video from 2015 when we helped him to beat his Muscular Dystrophy and rediscover the magic of gaming.

Since then, technology has improved; software can make joysticks more sensitive, better adaptors are available and, in John’s case, sticks on controllers can be made lighter to use. Giving him this mod has opened up a huge number of games he struggled to play before, and he can now use his thumbs to press and move joysticks without extra equipment!

He was also having problems reaching the triggers - kind of essential for first person shooters - but our team was able to carefully position some small light-touch switches emulating the triggers on a block of foam next to his right arm. He can now be trigger-happy with his fourth and little finger.

Sometimes with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, you can fatigue quite easily, so we gave John the bumper options as switches as well - just in case. And to give him even more independence we added a start button as an external switch so he can pause a game whenever he wants.

We’re really excited for John. The setup tweaks have given his gaming a new lease of life. It’s all part of our lifelong service, as everyone’s abilities change over time and we’ll be there to help when they do.

John smiling and using his adapted gaming setup

Related posts

Eye-controlled computer helps Bex stay connected
Friday, May 15, 2020

Eye-controlled computer helps Bex stay connected

Meet Bex, who we’ve been helping since January with the loan and support of an eye-controlled ta ..
​Triple-call talkthrough gives Graham a gaming boost
Thursday, May 07, 2020

​Triple-call talkthrough gives Graham a gaming boost

We’re currently using remote assessment and support as an alternative to face-to-face contact be ..
"I’m playing FIFA for the first time since 2014!"
Friday, April 17, 2020

"I’m playing FIFA for the first time since 2014!"

Because we’re currently unable to carry out assessments face-to-face due to COVID-19, we’re usin ..
Remote support boosts Zoe’s gaming ambitions
Friday, April 03, 2020

Remote support boosts Zoe’s gaming ambitions

The good news goes on! Our usual face to face contact visits with our assessment team aren't pos ..
Sam's single-handed Animal Crossing catch
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Sam's single-handed Animal Crossing catch

Landed! Nice catch by Sam, who’s getting to grips with Animal Crossing with his new one-handed c ..
Keeping the fun flowing for Tiernan
Friday, March 20, 2020

Keeping the fun flowing for Tiernan

This is lovely! One of the ways our dedicated team are carrying on our life-transforming work th ..

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER

Learn about the latest SpecialEffect news, upcoming events and and how you can get involved. We send our email newsletters once every two months and you can unsubscribe at any time. We won't share your details with anyone.

Copyright © SpecialEffect All Rights Reserved. Reg. Charity No: 1121004
Web Design and Digital Marketing by Urban Element