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05 Jun 2020

“He does have a bad streak of road rage in him”

Harvey’s dad is delighted that a modified racing game controller setup is bringing out the best and the worst of the driver in his son.

Harvey wanted to play Forza using his own special foot pedals for accelerating and braking alongside his Thrustmaster steering wheel. The pedals suit his physical abilities more closely than those supplied with the wheel, but technical hurdles in getting the setup connected and working had left Harvey firmly on the starting grid.

His dad contacted us to ask if we could help, and our assessment and support team identified that a purpose-built solution might be the best approach in this instance. Barrie, our Technical Specialist, has many years of experience in building and modifying assistive gaming setups so he communicated with Harvey’s dad to talk though all aspects of the issue.

black box with wires leading in and outWe’re currently using remote assessment and support as an alternative to in-person visits because of COVID-19, so the pedals and the wheel were posted to Barrie. He was able to build a custom adaptor box (pictured) that enabled them to work successfully with an Xbox via the steering wheel.

Harvey’s dad had also asked if it was possible to play alongside his son, so Barrie created a video that clearly explained a method of connecting the modified setup and a game controller to an Xbox One.

“He loves it!” said his dad via email. “I wish I’d captured the joy on Harvey’s face when he opened the package - it was priceless! I haven’t been able to drag him off the Xbox since the steering wheel arrived. He does have a bad streak of road rage in him though 😂”

“I cannot reinvent another way of saying thank you,” said his dad. “Keep up the good work you are doing for families just like mine.”

Under the current circumstances, online assessment and support is proving to be an effective alternative way to provide our life-changing projects and one that’s enabling us to continue to bring fun and inclusion to many people like Harvey, so please get in touch if you think we can help.

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