Putting a Familiar Face on ALS
The ALS ice bucket challenge helped bring awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to millions of people worldwide. However, if you don’t personally know someone with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the disease is likely still somewhat of an unknown.
Our world is driven by television, entertainment and media. Recently, two recognizable individuals in the entertainment world have revealed their struggles with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, thus helping to put a familiar face on ALS.
- Forty-five year old actor Kenneth Mitchell of Star Trek: Discovery and Nancy Drew fame revealed he was diagnosed with ALS back in August 2018 and has been using a wheelchair since October 2019.
- Famed Survivor contestant Jonathan Penner revealed his wife Stacey has been battling ALS since December 2017. Stacey, who made a brief appearance on the show back in 2006, is now completely immobile.
Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) works with therapists, assessors, rehab hospital staff, caregivers and families of individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to provide ALS communication and environmental control units for those affected by the disease. Our newly re-designed autonoME is an integrated environmental control unit/speech generating device with full computing capabilities. Its augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) features and multiple input methods make it ideal for individuals with any type of progressive disease, especially ALS.
Recently, the new autonoME Hospital became the first ever hospital ECU that offers environmental control, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and a fully integrated television experience. ASI continues to develop the most technologically advanced voice assistive technology and custom environmental control unit solutions on the market today. If you, a loved one, or a patient are affected by ALS, give us a call to schedule a consultation today.