Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

ALS Research News

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive disease that causes damage and eventually death of the nerve cells that control muscles and movement.  This incurable disease has remained somewhat of a mystery over the years. There…
Voice Assistive Technology

What is Voice Assistive Technology?

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Voice assistive technology is a term used to describe any type of electronic device that offers speech assistance, including personal speech aids, voice amplifiers, and what is commonly known as a speech generating device (SGD).  Accessibility…
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Stages of ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease.  Also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS can affect anyone, but most commonly occurs in individuals between the ages of 55 and 75.  As the disease…
ALS assistive technology

ALS and Environmental Control

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One of the most devastating aspects of progressive diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is losing the ability to control your surroundings.  Fortunately ALS assistive technology has advanced to allow individuals the ability to…
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

The Latest in ALS Research

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A new study performed by researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science suggests that intestinal, or gut, microbiome may affect the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  Results of the study indicate that certain microbes…
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

ALS and AAC

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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is essentially any form of communication with the exception of speech.  This can include symbols, pictures and sign language.  When it comes to augmentative and alternative communication…
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Military Veterans

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Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) is not only proud to serve veterans, but many of our staff are veterans.  Our Founder, Fred Thompson, founded ASI in 1991 with a primary mission to help veterans.  Although our reach has expanded well…
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

ALS Communication Assistive Technology and Voice Banking

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Voice banking is a way for individuals with early stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other progressive conditions to preserve their own synthetic speech.  As we covered in previous articles, ALS eventually results in loss of…