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DynaVox Sponsors The ALS Association's Assistive Technology Consultation Program
Date:9/23/2008

DynaVox grant supports The ALS Association's comprehensive Assistive Technology Consultation Program. The program provides education on the range of communication issues that arise with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, and training on available solutions to help individuals living with ALS, their families and staff at the Associaton's Chapters and Certified Centers of Excellence.

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) September 23, 2008 -- www.dynavoxtech.com [DynaVox __title__ DynaVox] today announced a grant to support www.alsa.org [The ALS Association __title__ The ALS Association]'s comprehensive Assistive Technology Consultation Program. The program provides education on the range of communication issues that arise with ALS and training on available solutions to help individuals living with ALS. This education and training is provided to staff at The Association's Chapters and Certified Centers of Excellence SM, as well as people with ALS and their families.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a degenerative neurological condition that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. A progressive disease, ALS robs the brain of its ability to initiate and control muscle movement and eventually leads to death. During the course of the disease, individuals living with ALS usually experience a variety of communication impairments ranging from slurred or slow speech to the eventual loss of all speech.

"People with ALS often lose hope when they lose the ability to communicate," said Sharon Matland, vice president for Patient Services. "We can restore hope by helping patients communicate in spite of their situation by providing information, education and support on augmentative communication tools and available options."

"Led by Alisa Brownlee from The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, th
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