Joystick Mounting: Considerations Beyond Just the Joystick Position


Credit: .1 CEU

Presenter: Jay Doherty, OTR, ATP/SMS



Access to the joystick is impacted by much more than just the joystick and the joystick mount. The size of the joystick and the forces required to use the device, the posture of the individual, the postural supports needed, and the variety of positions the person moves into during the day all impact joystick access. This course will not only review the proportional joysticks available and their mounting options but all of the other things that will impact access to the joystick the evaluating team must consider for the consumer throughout their day.

Learning Outcomes
The participant will be able to list two different options available on the market that can be used to mount a joystick on a power wheelchair to promote independent access throughout the day.

The participant will be able to name three characteristics of proportional joysticks that need to be considered when choosing the correct input device for the consumer they are evaluating.

The participant will be able to name three positioning considerations when choosing the mounting location for a proportional joystick.

Jay has 23 years of experience working in the field of assistive technology with a concentration on complex rehab. Jay has earned his ATP and SMS certifications through RESNA. Throughout his career he has worked in both Rehabilitation and assistive technology environments with both adults and children.

Jay’s current role with Quantum Rehab is to provide direction and leadership to the Quantum field sales team in clinical education and development of the field reps. He also develops and presents a variety of educational courses and ensures the Quantum Rehab field sales staff are educated on products and their benefits.