loss of speech

Eye-control technology puts you back in the conversation

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 15:37, By: Alyssa Quintero
Eye-controlled devices, commonly referred to as eye-tracking or eyegaze systems, enable users to access speech-generating devices and computers. Eye control isn’t without its challenges, but many with ALS say the technology has changed their lives, providing greater independence and allowing them...

It’s not just about text-to-speech devices anymore

Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 16:03, By: Alyssa Quintero
Alternative augmentative communication (AAC) devices have come a long way since the early days. Now people with ALS can obtain speech-generating devices that provide more than basic text-to-speech output. All-in-one, or “integrated” communication solutions offer seamless access to e-mail, Internet...

Foot controls open doors for computer access

Posted on Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 17:00, By: Alyssa Quintero
Augie Nieto’s large trackball mouse helps him communicate extensively with family, friends and colleagues.

Voice banking and speech synthesis technology

Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 09:16, By: Alyssa Quintero
While there’s no easy way to prepare for losing your voice, voice banking enables people with ALS to capture their voices via recordings that can be used on Windows-based computers and alternative augmentative communication (AAC) devices. To start, you can record your voice on a Windows-based...

What you need to know about AAC devices

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 - 17:00, By: Other
People with ALS quickly become familiar with a wide world of durable medical equipment that can range from walkers and wheelchairs to ventilation equipment. Within this equipment array are devices for augmentative, alternative communication (AAC): equipment that can enable people...