Brian Burne | College of Engineering Design and Computing
Jul 1, 2019
Jade is a delightful four year old girl with a rare genetic disorder that developed when she was three years old. The result was rapid loss of motor function to the point where she was no longer able to sit or walk. Stem cell therapy helped to stabilize her condition, and she and her family are now finding their new “normal” in life. Jade is using an adapted stroller in which her family can push her, but Jade and her family would like independent mobility. So Jade came to ATP to be evaluated for her potential to drive a power wheelchair. Through use of a power wheelchair simulator, Jade can be taught to drive a power chair through progressive use of a single switch to learn “go” and “stop”; then three switches to learn “forward, left and right”; and then a regular joystick for full control. If she demonstrates functional control of any of these driving methods, she will be fitted for her own power wheelchair. One of the biggest challenges at this point is to help her contain her excitement! But the giggles make it all worthwhile!
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