What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology (AT)is one of the most pressing needs of the people with ALS, we serve. From speech generating to environmental control devices, Assistive Technology is opening new doors for people with ALS to live fuller and more independent lives.
Most people with ALS will experience difficulty with speech and movement during the course of their illness. So, when 75% of people with ALS lose the ability to speak, Assistive Technology gives them their voice back. That means the ability to communicate with caregivers, physicians and most importantly loved ones. The simple act of saying “I love you” is made possible again, through Assistive Technology.
What is the Assistive Technology Clinic Program?
The Assistive Technology Clinics are an innovative model of care that is revolutionizing the quality of life for people with ALS. Through the Assistive Technology Clinic Program, the Chapter offers two free-standing AT Clinics, staffed by AT specialists that advocate for the technology needs of people with ALS and provide guidance and device training and support.
Through our AT Clinic Program, the Chapter is providing the space, tools and support needed for people with ALS to live better lives, through the use of technology.
The Chapter currently has two Assistive Technology (AT) Clinic locations where our families and health care professionals can receive expert AT education, demo of equipment, and user support. The Chapter also provides weekly education classes on a variety of AT topics.
The Chapter provides expert AT support utilizing home visits, facility outreach and AT clinic education sessions. Our AT clinic education support is done through 1:1 in-person visits and/or virtual online education sessions with our AT specialists.
The Chapter provides loaner AT equipment through our loan closet for those without the means for funding. Our loan equipment includes a wide array of low tech to high tech equipment, such as eye gaze communication devices. All equipment is subject to the availability within our loan closet.
The Chapter has funds available for people with ALS in considerable financial need, to assist with co-pays for their communication devices. The grant is up to 2,000 and is subject to the availability of funding.
The Chapter has funds available to assist people with ALS with their transportation needs. This grant must be used for transportation to and from clinic and is subject to the availability of funds.
Do you have questions about assistive technology or any of our AT programs? Ask our team!
Maryland & DC:
Amarja Desai, MS OTR/L
Assistive Technology Specialist
7507 Standish Place
Rockville, MD 20855
Rachell Westby, M.C.D, CCC-SLP
Assistive Technology Program Manager
8100 Three Chopt Road, Ste. 147
Richmond, VA 23229
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