We are continuing our two part series on how quadriplegic assistive technology also benefits individuals with debilitating diseases such as ALS. The autonoME is a proprietary custom environmental control unit (ECU)/speech generating device/Windows computer integrated into one single, convenient package. Our previous article highlighted benefits including environmental control and caregiver peace of mind. Below are two more ways quadriplegic assistive technology can make a difference in the lives of individuals with debilitating diseases:
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Loss of speech – whether sudden or gradual – can take its toll on both the individual affected and his/her family and friends. Fortunately, assistive technology for quadriplegics and individuals with debilitating diseases has advanced to incorporate augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) features. The advanced AAC capabilities of the autonoME allow individuals to “bank” their own voice so it can be used later when speech becomes impaired. Read more about voice banking.
Many quadriplegic assistive technologies and ECU devices offer very basic features. The autonoME, on the otherhand, is a custom environmental control unit (ECU) / speech generating device that is equipped with Microsoft Windows 10. Those who use the autonoME enjoy the freedom of being able to surf the internet, post on social media, conduct video calls, send messages and e-mail, write stories, and anything else that a Windows computer allows.
As you can see, ECU devices and communication devices for quadriplegics play an integral role in the quality of life and well-being of individuals with debilitating diseases. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed, give us a call to learn more about how we can help!