Veterans with qualifying disabilities may be eligible to receive the autonoME environmental control unit/speech generating device free of charge through the Veterans Administration (VA). In fact, we have customized and installed the autonoME in the homes of hundreds of veterans.
The autonoME is specifically designed for individuals with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and individual with quadriplegias as well as individuals with debilitating diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It allows individuals to completely control their environment (i.e. turn on fan/lights, control their bed, television and telephone, call a nurse or caregiver, open a door, use a computer, etc.). Each autonoME is customized for the client and can be operated using a number of technologies. For instance, the autonoME can be equipped so non-verbal individuals can control the unit using their eyes, etc.
When you receive your autonoME, you are not on your own to figure it out. We understand everyone has different needs, so we send a technician to your home to customize and install the package and work with you and your caregiver on how to utilize its features. We also provide ongoing customer support, which we personally handle. If you or a loved one are a individual with quadriplegia, have a brain or spinal cord injury or disease such as ALS, talk with your VA representative to see what benefits you may qualify to receive.
The VA also publishes an online guide, Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors. It is well worth checking out!