amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Part One

Our next series of articles focuses on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and benefits of ALS assistive technology.  We will discuss two specific areas: environmental control and voice assistive technology. Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) developed their signature autonoME to work as both a custom environmental control unit and speech generating device, combining both features in a single convenient package.

Environmental control is extremely important to help quadriplegics and individuals with debilitating diseases such as ALS maintain independence.  The autonoME is a custom environmental control unit/speech generating device that allows users to control their surroundings.  This type of ALS assistive technology can be used to control lights, adjust the bed, turn on fans, use a telephone to make calls and send text messages, call a nurse or caregiver and more.

Another feature of the autonoME that makes it a popular form of assistive technology for quadriplegics and individuals with ALS is the fact that it has full computing capabilities via a Windows operating system. The autonoME custom environmental control unit also has different input methods to accommodate varying levels and types of disabilities.  Input methods include:

  • Voice
  • Touch
  • Sip and Puff
  • Eyegaze
  • Head Tracking

These different types of input methods also operate the autonoME’s voice assistive technology features as well. Our next article in this series will take a closer look at ALS assistive technology.

If you, a loved one, or patient has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, then ASI can help.  The autonoME is a custom environmental control unit / ALS communication device that is convenient, easy to use and offers quadriplegics and individuals with debilitating diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis the ability to maintain independence.  Give us a call to learn more about the autonoME today!