Tips and tricks from people with spinal cord injuries (SCI).
Accelerator and brake controls in adapted minivan
A person with a high spinal cord injury can operate adapted accelerator and brake controls by fixing his or her hand in place
A joystick sitting on the armrest of the car door controls the brake and accelerator. To prevent the hand from falling outwards a metal loop sits against the back of the hand and holds the hand against the joystick. The user’s arm is fixed in place with a cradle that sits together with the control device.
Before the user drives the car he folds up the side support of the wheelchair so that it is not in the way of the car’s armrest. He uses the mouth stick to push his arm into place.
A small tube on the control unit is used as a holder for the mouth stick.
Autoadapt (in Sweden), autoadapt.se (last checked April 2020)
Paid for by
Swedish Social Insurance Agency
Anders lives together with his partner in a house. He is working part time. He was injured in 1989 and has a high spinal cord injury (C4-5). He has personal assistance.
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