Assistive Technologies for Greatly Improved Quality of Life for People Living with MND/ALS
IEEE Assistive Technologies (ATs) are designed to enhance the quality of life of people living with disabilities. The integration of these technologies with the home or work environment are often combined with a variety of processes, services and other devices. Assistive Technologies have also been imperative in addressing some of the physical limitations that are caused by Motor Neuron Disease (MND). This disease, which impacts the neurological system in various ways, can require severe adjustments in the daily lives of people and hence ATs are able to provide critical support. This article draws from an interview with Dr. Justin Yerbury, a Professor of Neurodegenerative Disease at the University of Wollongong who has MND, supplemented by technical product literature. It explores his living experience to improve familiarity with the technology and the challenges in terms of access, use, and the uncertainties presented to people with MND.