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01 Jun 2020

"This is more than just gaming!"

Aaron, a double lower leg amputee, is now enjoying racing games thanks to the loan of a specially adapted steering wheel that lets him drive to the best of his abilities.

Adapted kit like this can be expensive, and many of the people we help may not be able to risk buying equipment that might be unsuitable for their abilities or the games they want to play. It was why Aaron initially got in touch - to ask if we could recommend any potentially suitable steering wheels with accelerate and brake paddles on the wheel itself. As he said, “If the controls didn't work it would be an expensive mistake to make.”

We’re currently using remote assessment and support as an alternative to face-to-face contact because of COVID-19 so Nomi, one of our occupational therapists, communicated with Aaron online and used her specialist experience to make sure that the customised setup that was sent - a set of SimAbility's F1 paddles for a Thrustmaster base - was carefully matched to his needs and abilities.

It made a huge difference. “Borrowing the wheel from SpecialEffect allowed me to try it beforehand and I really am loving it. I think this is more than just gaming, it’s so immersive! I’ve even entered a league and have started SIM racing at a beginner level.”

The length of our post-assessment loans allow for a thorough trial of the equipment, and we’re so pleased that the paddles are working really well for him. If Aaron’s needs and abilities change, our SpecialEffect team will continue to support him and send other loan equipment if necessary. It’s a lifetime service.

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

Below: Aaron playing Grid Autosport on an amazing triple-screen gaming rig that he built with a friend. The inset shows him using the accelerate and brake paddles mounted on the back of the wheel.

man playing driving video game, inset shows adapted steering wheel

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