Fred Thompson – U.S. Army veteran – founded Accessibility Services, Inc. in 1989. His vision to was to customize and provide the most advanced environmental control units for disabled veterans with spinal cord injuries. Thompson was disappointed to find that in general, adaptive equipment for individual with quadriplegias , communications devices for individual with quadriplegias and individual with quadriplegia assistive technologies were severely lacking. Thus, he expanded the company’s mission and focus to include the unique and exceptional needs of the entire individual with quadriplegia community.
Veterans have and always will remain an important part of ASI. Not only do we hire veterans, but we proudly serve veterans. Many of Veterans Administration (VA) Spinal Cord Injury Units (SCI) are equipped with our proprietary autonoME, which combines an environmental control unit (ECU) and speech generating device (SCG) in one convenient package. Having an ECU in hospital settings not only benefits patients, but caregivers and hospital staff as well.
We also offer individual with quadriplegia assistive technology to individuals in residential settings. In some cases, the VA will even pay for the autonoME. We have equipped hundreds of homes of veterans with spinal cord injuries with adaptive equipment for individual with quadriplegias, including the autonoME. If you or someone you love is a veteran with s spinal cord injury, we encourage you to contact your VA representative to see what type of individual with quadriplegia assistive technology you qualify to receive through the VA. In many cases, communication devices for individual with quadriplegias and environmental control units for disabled individuals (i.e. the autonoME) are covered.
If you are a disabled veteran with a spinal cord injury, we welcome the opportunity to help you and your family. The Military Times has an excellent article about VA compensation for veterans with spinal cord injuries.