Alternative Access Controls

If your child has the ability to drive a power chair, but doesn’t have the hand function to use a joystick, there are other options. Alternative Access Controls allow your child to drive a power chair with just about any part of his or her body that can move with a good amount of repetition, including the head, mouth and foot.

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Lifestyle Lifestyle

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

Functionality Functionality

Weight Shifting
Your child can use their drive controls to manage weight shifts.

Technology Technology

Smart Device
Not only can they control their chair with Alternative Access Controls, your child also has the ability to control other Bluetooth devices like a computer or other home devices.

Medical Necessity

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

Most insurance providers only offer coverage if your child has a significant impairment that limits him or her from performing daily activities. However, Medicaid will often pay for parts, service and other mobility products and support so your child has more community access.

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Who needs this technology?

If your child is a high-end power wheelchair user, or is unable to use a joystick, Alternative Access Controls can get him or her 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. Alternative Access Controls is a great option to help your child gain more independence.


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

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