Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease, is a neurological disease that attacks the motor neurons responsible for the use of voluntary muscles. In the early stages of ALS, individuals may experience a weaker voice or slurred speech, and as the condition progresses, muscle atrophy can make it increasingly harder to communicate.
There are other progressive diseases, illnesses, and injuries that can also result in similar communication impairments including cerebral palsy, brain injury, brain tumors, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and more.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can help individuals express their needs, wants, and ideas. Environmental Control Units (ECUs) also help maintain a person's sense of autonomy. With these remote-control devices, people can control lights, air conditioning, television, and other household appliances. ECUs can be activated by voice, eyes or by switches. With the ability to initiate phone calls, open and close doors, or simply adjust a bed, these devices provide more independence. Want to learn more?
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