The mission of Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) extends far beyond developing technology. The motto our founder Fred Thompson established more than three decades ago still holds true today: “Start with the customer and work backwards.”
No disease or injury is exactly the same. We work with therapists, caregivers and other healthcare providers to provide user-friendly solutions that are customized to accommodate the needs of the individuals we serve.
Meet Mr. Brian Newton. Brian is 54 years of age and a veteran of the United States Air Force. After serving his country, he found a lucrative career in hardware and software sales for the oncology industry. However, nine years ago, his life suddenly changed forever. At only 45 years old, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
In August 2014, Brian received his first autonoME. It has afforded him the independence of being able to send e-mails, interact on social media, stream live television and videos, conduct banking and more. Brian’s disease has progressed to where he is in a wheelchair and has difficulty moving and using his hands. He now operates the autonoME using the Eye Gaze input method.
“I would be dependent upon someone else to do the things I’m able to do with the autonoME,” explains Brian. “It keeps me independent.”
According to John Sanders, Service Manager for Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI), Brian is one of the best Eye Gaze users he has ever seen.
“He is very proficient at it, better than anyone on our staff,” says Sanders. “Eye Gaze gives Brian a significantly improved quality of life and the independence to communicate and perform so many tasks that otherwise would require the assistance of a caregiver.”
The autonoME is designed specifically for individuals with severe spinal cord injuries or progressive diseases such as ALS.
“Providing people like Brian with freedom, independence and quality of life is the sole reason we do what we do,” explains Brice Green, VP of Business Development for ASI. “The individuals we serve are much more than just customers. They become part of our family.”
Brian says he appreciates the ASI support staff who are “always there when I need help.” He recommends the autonoME to others who would like to improve their quality of life.
“You will be free,” says Newton. “It’s a game changer. I wouldn’t be here if I did not have this!”
Despite his disease, Brian serves as a shining example of someone who has made the absolute best out of the curveballs life has thrown his way. His advice to those reading this story is simple: