Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and quadriplegia have some very similar characteristics. They are also unique in their own ways. Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) has been developing and providing assistive technology for individual with quadriplegias and individuals with ALS for more than three decades. Let’s take a look at some of their differences and similarities:
ALS is Progressive
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive disease that gets worse over time. Initially, a person with the disease may not need a custom environmental control unit or ALS communication device. However, as the disease progresses, ECU devices and voice assistive technology become necessary to improve independence.
Individual with Quadriplegias have lost the ability to use all four limbs and their torso. In some cases, speech may be affected as well. Assistive technology for individual with quadriplegias is designed to accommodate individuals from the onset of their spinal cord injury. The autonoME is an integrated environmental control unit / speech generating device for individuals with any level of spinal cord injury.
Neither Has a Cure
While there are promising treatments for both ALS and quadriplegia, there is still no cure for either. The autonoME is designed to help individuals maintain some independence while drastically improving independence.
Prognosis Often Differs
In many cases, a individual with quadriplegia can live for years or decades after their spinal cord injury.
The average lifespan of a person diagnosed with ALS is five years, although there have been instances of individuals such as Stephen Hawking who have lived 20+ years with the disease.
If you or a loved one is a individual with quadriplegia or has been diagnosed with ALS, we can help. Our integrated environmental control / communication devices for individual with quadriplegias and individuals with debilitating diseases can transform the independence for you and your loved ones. Contact us to learn more today!