Kids & Family

Dad Creates Accessible Gaming Controller For His Daughter

You have to see her reaction when she takes the custom creation for a test drive.

A dad in the UK has proved it's never too early to throw your hat in the ring for the “Father of the Year" award.

Rory Steel posted a video to Twitter recently sharing his 9-year-old daughter's reaction to an adaptive Nintendo controller that he built for her.

Steel's daughter Ava has hereditary spastic paraplegia, which causes her to have trouble with controlled motor function and speech. But that hasn't stopped her from wanting to take part in everyday childhood activities, like playing video games.

Since it's difficult for her to use a traditional gaming controller, Steel (who calls himself an avid “tinkerer") came up with a custom, arcade-style controller designed with Ava's disability in mind.

The controller has dual joysticks and a panel of large buttons that can be programmed to perform different functions. A flurry of cords from the custom Microsoft design connect to the portable Xbox controller.

In his video, which has now been viewed over 1.5 million times, Ava grins as she plays “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" with ease.

“Finished! Ava gives my homemade #accessibility controller V1.0 the thumbs up," Steel wrote in his post. “She can play @Nintendo #BreathoftheWild on her #switch like her friends now. All thanks to @Microsoft #adaptiveController #XAC @brycej @ArranDyslexia @shanselman "

Steel said he bought most of the parts for the controller on Ebay, and while he's still working on a final version, he said he plans to release a set of DIY instructions soon so that other tech-friendly parents can make their own versions.

Techies all over the world have congratulated Steel on his awesome achievement. It even caught the attention of Bryce Johnson, the founder of Microsoft's Inclusive Tech Lab and an inventor of the adaptive Xbox controller used in Steel's device.


While the feedback from the tech world has given Steel a confidence boost, his biggest reward was the giant smile on his daughter's face when she got to use the controller to play her favorite video game with her friends.

For more information on Microsoft's Adaptive Controllers, click here .

(Video Source : @JerseyITGuy )

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