Alternative Access Controls

While a normal power wheelchair is operated through a joystick by hand, Alternative Access Controls are devices that allow you to control your wheelchair through other parts of your body. Alternative Access Controls include head, chin, tongue, speech and sip-n-puff controls. As long as you can use a specific part of your body, with some repetition, you should have the ability to operate a power wheelchair.

Head Controls: Controls are managed inside a headrest that is attached to your wheelchair.

Chin Controls: Much like a joystick operated by hand, a chin control is simply joystick operated by the chin.

Tongue Controls: Using a dental mouthpiece that is affixed to the roof of your mouth, you are able to control your wheelchair.

Sip-n-Puff Controls: Using your breath, you are able to control your wheelchair by inhaling (sip) or exhaling (puff).

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Technology Technology

Smart Device
Not only can you control your electric power chair with Alternative Access Controls, you also have the ability to control other Bluetooth devices like your computer or home devices.

Functionality Functionality

Weight Shifting
With 40-50 drive controls, you can use your controls to manage all your weight shifts.

Lifestyle Lifestyle

Drive controls give you freedom to do daily activities without having to rely on someone else.

Medical Necessity

To get insurance coverage for Complex Rehab Technology, your insurance provider must determine you have a “medical necessity.” This means you must have a condition that requires the equipment to prevent, diagnose or treat an illness, injury, condition, disease or its symptoms.

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Who needs this technology?

If you are a high-end power wheelchair user or are someone who is unable to use a joystick, Alternative Access Controls can get you moving. Increased muscle tone, decreased motor control, muscle weakness or paralysis, and/or fatigue associated with high and low muscle tone can make it challenging to use a joystick.


If you have cervical spine injuries that are in the C1-C4 area, have end-of-life ALS, advanced multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or hand deformities, Alternative Access Controls is a great option to help you gain more independence.


We want to make the process as easy on you as possible. From working with clinicians and insurers, to customizing your equipment so it’s perfect for you, we’re by your side.

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