One of the most prominent theoretical physicists in history, Stephen Hawking, was living with Motor Neuron Disease. In the the foreword of the World Report on Disability in 2011, he wrote “we have a moral duty to remove the barriers to participation, and to invest sufficient funding and expertise to unlock the vast potential of people with disabilities“.
Today, many people with neurological conditions who need Assistive Technology still lack access and the support they need to use it.
We believe it’s time for that to change.
It’s time to make communication systems like the one Hawking used available for all who need it, so that people in need can also have their chance to shine.
Everyone has something important to say. Every person deserves a voice, and they deserve an opportunity for people to hear it.
We also prescribe Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems for people living with neurodegenerative diseases such as MND, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease or Dementia, so they can continue to communicate and preserve quality of life.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY for rehabilitation
The latest research highlights that advanced communication and assistive technologies can play an important role in the processes of speech pathology: improving therapy outcomes, promoting self-cueing of speech, supporting remote and multimodal communicative interactions.
We believe that Assistive Technology IS NOT a last resort, but a tool that should be introduced early on in rehabilitation. Indeed, it is regularly integrated into our daily practice.
AAC for Neurodegenerative Diseases
People living with a neurodegenerative disease such as MND, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease or Dementia are at risk of losing their speech. Deteriorating speech has a major impact on the quality of life of not only the person but also their families, friends and carers.
In those cases, communication often deteriorates so rapidly that there is little time to implement effective support, so timing of referral for assessment and intervention is crucial.
At iBrain, we provide effective support access to appropriate AAC and Assistive Technology to help people with neurodegenerative diseases to communicate effectively for as long as possible and improve quality of life.
Speech Generating Device
Electronic augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems that assist with communication.
Eye Gaze Technology
The use of eye movements to control a communication device or a computer.
Message Banking and Voice Banking
Preserving voice and creating a digital voice for people living with Motor Neuron Disease.
Intensive home practice tools to maximise therapy outcomes.
Communication apps and tools to build communication skills.
Community integration and social connection with loved ones.
The list is not exhaustive. If you need help with a specific type of technology that is not listed above, please get in touch with us to discuss.