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08 Jul 2019

​Joel’s straight in at the deep end

Joel has athetoid cerebral palsy and wasn’t able to play games before his visit here last week, but his friends play games like Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty and FIFA, and he didn't just want to watch!

Our therapist Frankie takes a deep breath and explains.

“We started with a setup for FIFA in two-button mode,” she said. “Joe and I plugged an Optima joystick into an XAC and positioned it by his right hand on a Maxess tray. He needed a couple of switches for pass and shoot so we mounted a couple of Buddy Button switches either side of his head where his headrest usually is - he’d left his at home.”

“He wanted to try Red Dead Redemption next, so we positioned a One Switch XAC Mini Joystick by his chin to act as the right joystick.”

“Two Buddy Button switches were placed on the floor by his feet for aim and shoot. A blue and a yellow buddy button were placed on the tray for the bumpers along with two Specs switches for triangle and square. Joel was able to press the d-pad, start and home button on the XAC, and the switches by his head stayed in place as A and B.”

That’s a pretty complex setup and quite a challenge that Joel’s taking on with Red Dead. But he's going to give it a go and we’re with him all the way if he needs extra support and advice.

His setup will open the door to many other games though, and we're excited that he's finally going to get the chance to join in the fun with his friends. All the best with your gaming, Joel!

Below: Joel tries out his gaming setup

Joel looking at a gaming screen and using the setup described in the text. An inset shows the two footswitches.

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