ALS Assistive Technology Benefits

This article 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 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

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

Voice Assistive Technology

If you, a loved one, or patient has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the autonoME offers an ALS communication device that is convenient, easy to use and offers quadriplegics and individuals with debilitating diseases the ability to maintain independence.

Voice assistive technology is especially important to quadriplegics and individuals with debilitating diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis whose conditions either have or will eventually affect their ability to speak.

In addition to its environmental control features, the autonoME is also a speech generating device with full augmentative and alternative communication capabilities which give users the ability to communicate. A key ALS communication feature of the autonoME is voice banking.  This allows users to record their own unique voice, sayings, expressions, sentences, words, etc. in their own voice while they still have the ability to speak.  Later, as their disease progresses, they can continue to communicate using their own sayings, voice and expressions vs. responding with an artificially generated voice.

Would you like to learn more about how the autonoME can assist you, your loved one or patients with environmental control and augmentative and alternative communication?  The product representatives at Accessibility Services are here to help. Give us a call today!

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