New AAC Device Offers More Options for Consumers with Progressive Conditions
- By Laurie Watanabe
- Sep 14, 2020
A major question when selecting assistive technology devices for someone with a progressive condition is what will happen as that person’s functional abilities begin to change.
Learning a new communications device can be difficult for the consumer, while repeatedly going through the funding process can be time consuming and frustrating for the entire assistive technology team.
Control Bionics’ new GridPad Trilogy was designed with versatility in mind. Its potential target audience includes people with ALS, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, and spinal muscular atrophy.
In a Sept. 1 news announcement, Control Bionics said the GridPad Trilogy offers touch control, eye control, and NeuroNode 3.0 wireless wearable controls, all in a single system, calling it a “unique three-in-one AAC [augmentative and alternative communication] device that progresses and grows with clients and their abilities. It allows for faster communication, at rates up to 133 percent that of other systems. And because it offers multiple access methods within the same system, the traditional insurance barriers (limits on access methods and features) are alleviated, making it accessible to those who need it most.”
Rob Wong, Control Bionics’ CEO, said, “Our mission is to develop accessible, leading-edge AAC devices that can help those living with paralysis and loss of speech gain more control over their world. Our latest solution, the GridPad Trilogy, is the result of strategic partnerships with some of the best minds in the industry, resulting in a technology that provides unparalleled benefits for our clients.”
Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.