I have spent a lot of time looking for a solution to my challenge and I thought of asking the group the question before either spendind a lot of money, or trying to build something myself...
We have seen a gentleman with CP who is a powered wheelchair user (right hand joystick). We have seen him for a computer access assessment. After trying a few things, it seems that an Optima Joystick from Inclusive and some kind of OSK with dwell function would be ideal for him. During the assessment, I held the joystick in an area roughly to the right of his wheelchair joystick (so on the inside of his wheelchair) and his control and selections were very good. He was pleased with selecting speed.
My initial thought was to mount this joystick somehow on his desk, in a way safe for him to drive his wheelchair close to the desk and then use it. I have looked for hinged and telescopic shelves but can find something that would work for him.
Although he is very accurate with his driving, ideally, the mouse joystick should be out of his way during his approach to the desk and then (somehow) put it in place for PC use. (but this is not that necessary)
I have seen this from inclusive: "http://www.inclusive.co.uk/bjoy-ring-wireless" which may be an option but just wondering if anybody had any other (more cost effective and practical) ideas.
Christos Christoforidis MIPEM
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