The autonoME and Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
We’ve been discussing how the autonoME is used by individuals affected by different conditions and diseases. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is our focus for this month.
MS is disease of the central nervous system that causes the immune system to damage myelin (the protective coating surrounding the nerve fibers.) This damage ultimately results in scarring (sclerosis) throughout multiple areas of the body. Though the disease can affect anyone of any age, it primarily strikes women between the ages of 20-40. While there are risk factors associated with MS, a definitive cause has not been identified.
Some people with MS exhibit no outward symptoms, while others are clearly debilitated by the disease. There are four different types of MS – Clinically Isolated, Relapsing-Remitting (most common), Secondary Progressive and Primary Progressive. Accessibility Services, Inc. has served many clients with Secondary Progressive and Primary Progressive MS, providing them with a custom environmental control unit and speech generating device to help them re-gain independence.
The autonoME is unique in that we developed it to be both a custom environmental control unit and speech generating device integrated into one convenient package. We can equip it to fit any type and degree of MS. Most importantly, it is designed to accommodate any progression of the disease. A client who is unable to walk but able to use their hands may benefit from the touchscreen, whereas someone who is immobile may be best suited for eye gaze or head tracking.
The autonoME’s full augmentative and alternative (AAC) and environmental control capabilities make it a preferred choice for individuals with MS and their caregivers. If you or a loved one are affected by MS, we can help! Give us a call to learn more.