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New technologies for individuals with spinal cord injuries and debilitating diseases


Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) recently announced the roll out of new hospital and residential solutions designed to help individuals with the severest of disabilities become more independent. ASI, a respected assistive technology developer and industry leader for nearly 30 years, has taken its signature autonoME product line to the next level by developing the world’s first device offering both augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and environmental control tools while providing a fully integrated television experience. 

ASI primarily serves individuals with severe spinal cord injuries and debilitating, progressive diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS). The autonoME is the first and only integrated environmental control unit (ECU) and speech generating device with full augmentative and alternative (AAC) and computing capabilities. It allows users to have full control of their environment and gives them the ability to generate speech

The new autonoME Hospital incorporates a single 22” monitor that also allows patients to watch broadcast, streaming and cable television. This is an incredible breakthrough for hospitals, spinal cord injury units and rehabilitation centers as the autonoME Hospital is the world’s first device that not only offers AAC and ECU tools but seamlessly incorporates all available adaptive access methods and provides a fully integrated television experience. 

According to Brice Green, ASI’s VP of Residential Business, the company’s new, proprietary autonoME software is designed to change and adapt over time, providing facilities and patients with the technical lever to remain relevant as trends evolve and change. Most impressively, the autonoME is a true all-in-one solution that extends the technological lever to clinicians within the hospital setting to accommodate any patient, irrespective of injury or diagnosis. 

“We have been beta testing our new autonoME software and products at rehabilitation centers and the response has been quite impressive,” explains Green. “Not only are the new products being well-received, but our newly designed, proprietary software is providing an enhanced User Experience (UX) that will transform the lives of individuals with the severest disabilities and their families.” 

The new autonoME Residential is a lightweight mobile device that incorporates Microsoft’s® trusted Surface Pro as the platform for environmental control, computer access and AAC using ASI’s proprietary software. The redesigned, portable autonoMEGo now comes with a 17” display, articulating arm and optional eye gaze control access method. 

“Individuals with the severest disabilities are often overlooked by many developers of new technology,” says Green. “It’s more profitable to develop for masses. Our mission is to serve the needs of this often underserved community and improve the quality of life for each individual we touch and their families.” 

About Accessibility Services, Inc.

Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) is the provider of the autonoME, a combined augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aid and environmental control unit (ECU) designed specifically for individuals with severe disabilities, progressive diseases and spinal cord injuries.

ASI’s proprietary autonoME has become one of the most popular hospital and residential products on the market. The autonoME seamlessly integrates full environmental control, AAC and computer access (Windows 10) into one single package. The re-designed autonoME Hospital, introduced in 2020, is transforming the hospital experience for both clinicians and patients as the world’s first device to provide a fully integrated ECU, AAC and television experience.

Founded in 1991 with a primary vision to help veterans, ASI has since expanded its mission to address the needs of all severely disabled individuals with a special focus on the unique and exceptional needs of the quadriplegic community. Founder Fred Thompson’s philosophy, “we start with the customer and work backwards” has inspired ASI’s research and development engineers to stay one step ahead of technology, ensuring the company continues to deliver the most advanced and progressive solutions on the market. For more information, visit http://accessibilityservices.com

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