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    Working with an eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, researchers have co-designed a video game controller to provide more opportunities for fun and social connection

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    When Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton shared a beautiful story of his brother Nicolas experiencing a professional F1 simulator, he said “The smile you see here never left his face.”

    Nicolas Hamilton has cerebral palsy, and the Mercedes team modified the seat, steering wheel and pedals to make it happen.

    Nicholas Hamilton spent a day in an F1 simulator, the first person with a disability ever to do so. Picture: Instagram

    Another person dealing with the challenges of cerebral palsy is eight-year-old Jerome. He loves video games, but a combination of his complex cerebral palsy and lack of accessible options limits his opportunities.

    I first met Jerome’s dad, Rowland on a rainy December evening at the University of Melbourne when he attended a thank-you function for supporters of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT).

    We talked about how our team was planning to develop bespoke assistive devices for people with disabilities.

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