Assistive technology, adaptive equipment, rehabilitative devices, it’s all the same thing and there is more of it today than there ever has been. For the majority, this is a wonderful thing. However, a lot of this technology doesn’t quite live up to the consumers expectations, needs and desires.
In a recent interview with Joe Olson, creator of the Ergo Joystick, he said, “If you drove a car, you wouldn’t want someone who doesn’t drive to design your car for you.” Olson hit the nail right on the head with that statement!
He is a mechanical engineer who is also a wheelchair-using quadriplegic. It just makes sense that a wheelchair-user, with the necessary education, would be the most qualified individual to design a useful piece of assistive technology for other wheelchair-users.
To learn more about Joe Olsen and the Ergo Joystick, listen to the interview below.