Veterans and ALS
As we have discussed in a previous article, those who have served in the military appear to be at a higher risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Additional studies point to the possibility that military veterans with the ALS may live longer than the average life expectancy of someone diagnosed with the disease (long-duration ALS). The study also found that veterans with long-duration ALS experienced onset at a younger age, tended to experience slower initial progression, and took longer to diagnose.
Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) was founded by Fred Thompson in 1991 with the primary mission to help veterans. ASI has been on the forefront of developing assistive technology for individual with quadriplegias and individuals with debilitating diseases such as ALS for nearly three decades. Our proprietary autonoME is one of the most popular tools for individual with quadriplegias and those with ALS because it is a combined custom environmental control unit/speech generating device. Advanced voice assistive technology features such as voice banking and full augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) make it a much sought after ALS communication device.
Although we have expanded our reach over the years, we still take our commitment to military veterans very seriously. Not only do we employ many veterans, but we have installed our autonoME in Veteran’s Administration (VA) spinal cord injury units and have also worked with veteran’s who qualify to receive the autonoME through their VA benefits.
If you or a loved one is a veteran who has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), be sure to talk to your local VA representative about the autonoME. Give us a call to learn more today!