The average person was not required to “social distance” and “stay at home” until the COVID-19 pandemic. While most of the country had to adapt to a new lifestyle many individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have had to live with aspects of social isolation since the onset of their disease. This article is the first of a two part series on how individuals with ALS have had to deal and adapt with limited social interaction.
Social isolation includes not being able to participate in activities a person once enjoyed and/or communicate like they once were able. While social distancing requires people to use their computers and tablets for video conferencing with business associates, family and friends, similar ALS communication methods have become a way of life for many with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Voice assistive technology with augmentative and alternative communication capabilities often becomes their only effective method of communication as the disease progresses.
We all miss shaking hands and hugging our friends when required to social distance. While ALS assistive technology offers independence, a person whose amyotrophic lateral sclerosis has progressed is often times physically unable to freely give hugs and/or initiate a handshake.
Stress and Frustration
Most everyone has experienced increased stress or frustration when required to practice social distancing. A person with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis often experiences this same type of stress and frustration with their limitations. Fortunately, ALS assistive technology (including an environmental control unit equipped with augmentative and alternative communication / ALS communication capabilities) can prove helpful in reducing limitations.
Accessibility Services, Inc. is a premier provider of assistive technology for individual with quadriplegias and individuals with debilitating diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis. Our signature autonoME is an environmental control unit with integrated voice assistive technology capabilities, making it one of the most sought after products on the market. Give us a call to learn more about the autonoME today!