AAC specialist describes practical low-tech strategies that are part of a complete communication system for people with ALS and their loved ones

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 09:30, By: Freelance
My name is Craig, and I would like to share a story that may help many people who struggle to communicate. The first part of this article is about my personal experience helping an old friend who has ALS. The second part is information from Margaret Cotts, an assistive technology specialist with...
Posted on Friday, July 1, 2011 - 14:29, By: Miriam Davidson
Karen Felzer studies earthquakes, not ALS. But after her father learned he had the disease, Felzer helped conduct a study that caused a small shake-up in the world of ALS research. Working with Humberto Macedo, a Brazilian computer analyst who also had ALS, Felzer initiated an online, patient- and...
Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 15:08, By: Freelance
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With a few simple modifications, a daily routine of brushing and flossing will keep breath kissably fresh

Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 14:04, By: Miriam Davidson
For health and hygiene at all stages of ALS — not to mention the comfort of having fresh breath — it’s important to keep the mouth clean. A daily routine of brushing for at least two minutes, morning and night, and flossing before bedtime should be maintained, especially when eating a soft diet —...
Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 01:01, By: ALSN Staff
Using an alternative augmentative communication device, or AAC, is a wonderful way to keep talking when ALS tries to silence you.  But AAC usage is new to many potential conversation partners, and they may not know how to react. These tips, based on recommendations from AAC users, can be...
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 - 15:10, By: Miriam Davidson
There’s been a lot of buzz about the iPad’s potential as an augmentative, alternative communication (AAC) device since Apple introduced the revolutionary, tablet-sized machine in April. For many users with speech disabilities, the iPad’s portability, varied functionality, large touch screen and...

One family's determination to grab life's gusto

Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 - 13:57, By: Bill Norman
For someone with ALS, Martin Wallem sure manages to do a lot of hiking — not to mention deep sea fishing and snow skiing. All with a little help from his friends and some innovative sports equipment. Wallem, 40, received an ALS diagnosis in 2002, although his symptoms began a year before. He...