Dynavox, a maker of augmentative and alternative communications (AAC) systems, was featured on NBC’s The Today Show with guest Augie Nieto, vice president and co-chairman of the ALS division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and founder of Augie’s Quest.
Nieto, who was co-founder and former president of Life Fitness, was diagnosed with ALS — Lou Gehrig’s disease — almost four years ago. He communicated on The Today Show with a DynaVox EyeMax System, an eye gaze system, which allows him to use his eyes to speak, send email, watch TV, and operate his computer. He also discussed AAC solutions can help people with many different conditions, including autism, Down syndrome, stroke, cerebral palsy, and traumatic brain injury.
AAC systems, such as the Eyemax, can be used with conditions such as autism, stroke, cerebral palsy, brain and spinal cord injuries, Down syndrome, and many degenerative conditions. Usually Medicare, Medicaid, and many private insurance companies will fund such devices.