Our last article discussed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and loss of speech.  This article will cover loss of movement.

The loss of independence is probably one of the most significant physical and mental obstacles for individuals with ALS and their family and friends to accept.  The good news is ALS assistive technology has advanced significantly over the years.  Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) has remained ahead of the technology curve and continues to develop the most advanced environmental control units for disabled individuals on the market.  The autonoME is a combined speech generating device/environmental control unit designed to restore both confidence and independence.

The autonoME allows individuals with ALS to control their television sets, lights, fans, bed, telephone, doors and more. Windows 10 features give individuals full computing capabilities including access to the internet, word processing, games, videos and various computer programs.  The autonoME is also equipped with a caregiver/nurse call switch.  Caregivers take comfort in knowing their loved one has the ability to either call them or call for help if needed.  It also takes small burdens off of caregivers who no longer need to change television channels or turn on the fan.

Family and friends can spend more quality time with their loved ones thanks to the autonoME.  And, as discussed in our previous article, its full augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) capabilities makes conversation possible.

When it comes to ALS assistive technology, you can trust ASI to be one step ahead.  After nearly three decades of working with environmental control units for disabled individuals, we’ve seen a lot and made significant strides in helping people affected by ALS, spinal cord injuries and other progressive diseases achieve their independence.  If you would like to learn more about how the autonoME can help you or a friend/family member, give ASI a call today!