Quadriplegic's Driving Controls

8.23.2018
Curated by
Whitney Bailey
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Tuesday Talk with Alex
Curated by
Whitney Bailey

There are many different ways a vehicle can be modified to assist people with disabilities to hit the open road.

Alex, a C5/C6 quadriplegic, shares how his Toyota Sienna is set up so he is able to drive independently.

Alex in front of his van

Alex’s van has the latest version of the Electronic Mobility Controls (EMC) joystick system that operates acceleration, braking, and steering. The system has a touch screen that allows Alex to shift from park, neutral, reverse, and drive.

Picture of Alex's steering wheel and driving controls

The touchscreen also has secondary functions such as turn signals, windshield wipers, and horn. Alex uses the end of a wooden spoon to operate the touchscreen.

“With this newfound independence, I’ve been able to drive myself to work, go to meetings around town and hang out with friends. I’m also looking forward to driving to see my family for the holidays.”

Alex states the only frustration he has about driving is when other drivers park in the loading zone of accessible parking spaces! “That space is needed for us to get our wheelchairs and other mobility aids in and out of our vehicles,” he says.

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