On this week’s episode of element14’s “The Ben Heck Show,” modding guru Ben Heck creates an accessible controller for a student living with Pompe disease, a neuromuscular disorder causing muscle weakness. Check out the heart-warming episode at element14 when you have the chance!
For this build, Ben mods a breakout box with eight input switches to act as the interpretation layer between the Xbox 360™ controller and simplified controls, allowing 13-year-old Patrick Crowley to play video games requiring complex button sequences, such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine™.
The Crowley family’s dedication to developing a cure and raising awareness for the disease inspired Ben and element14 to get involved! Their story has also been captured in their memoir Chasing Miracles and dramatized in the 2010 motion picture, Extraordinary Measures.
Ben Heck creates accessible controller mod for 13-year-old boy with Pompe disease - [Link]