Computer and Communication Tools

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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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...

A communication system that reads brainwaves helps people with ALS speak their minds

Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 10:57, By: Amy Madsen
Note: This article was titled "The Thinking Cap" in the print edition of the July-August 2010 MDA/ALS Newsmagazine. Cathy Wolf of Katonah, N.Y., is able to manage only a small amount of muscle movement in her face and neck. Still, she’s helping test an alternative communication system that, it’s...

Co-Chair of MDA’s ALS Division writes Reciprocity with toe-operated trackball

Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:37, By: Miriam Davidson
When MDA ALS Division Co-Chair Augie Nieto was a young businessman just starting out, he had an idea that laid the groundwork for his later, multimillion-dollar success in the fitness industry. Instead of selling his unwanted exercise bikes at a loss, he sent 50 of them as gifts to health club...

Voice banking technology helps people with ALS ‘capture’ their true voices

Posted on Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 13:55, By: Alyssa Quintero
A voice is an important part of a person’s identity. Personality and emotions echo with every inflection and pronounciation quirk, in every “hello” and “I love you.” A voice is an audible signature that loved ones know anywhere. Not everyone with ALS loses their voice, but it’s a common symptom,...