Film buff Zach Smith finds a new technology to aid people with neuromuscular disease
When he was 17 years old, Zach Smith, who received a diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at age 6, began researching technologies that could help him use his arms to do things he had trouble with, such as eating or playing Ping-Pong.
Solutions to improve everyday mobility and enable increased activity
For many MDA families living with neuromuscular disease, there are few challenges more persistent and more taxing on a daily basis than those related to basic mobility. While each person’s level of physical activity is relative to his or her specific diagnosis — as well as the corresponding exercise parameters established ahead of time by his or her care team — mobility issues affect the entire...
Power wheelchair options and benefits for toddlers
At just 22 months old, Gunner Myers is already learning to drive — a power wheelchair, that is. The toddler received a diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a condition that weakens muscles and makes crawling and walking difficult, if not impossible.
Websites for mapping and researching accessible places
Note: The products mentioned in this article are not endorsed by MDA. When choosing any assistive technology equipment, be sure to do your research and consult with your MDA clinic team, as well as with an assistive technology professional (ATP).
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Lateral Tilt System from Motion Concepts
Dynamic Controls’ iPortal Mouse Mover + Accessibility
Aquila Corp.’s Airpulse PK2 wheelc
The transformative power of eye-gaze technology for users with disabilities
Research supports the theory that, at least in some cases, blindness can heighten other senses, like hearing. So it seems somehow fitting that modern technology can enable an otherwise voiceless person to speak by leveraging — of all things — his or her own vision.