Numotion is now the “preferred CRT [Complex Rehab Technology] provider” for Team Gleason.
In an Oct. 18 news announcement, Numotion said it had signed a “strategic five-year partnership with Team Gleason to improve access and development of advanced equipment and technology to serve people and families living with ALS.”
Team Gleason is named for former professional football player Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. He and his wife, Michel Varisco, founded the Team Gleason organization, which provides assistive technology to people living with ALS, and also supports the development of new assistive technology products.
Steve Gleason was a guest speaker at Numotion’s National Leadership Conference in 2018.
Mike Swinford, Numotion’s CEO, said in the announcement, “We are honored and excited to partner with Team Gleason. Team Gleason’s impact on ALS awareness and advocacy is immeasurable. We share their deep commitment to improving the lives of those living with ALS and their families. In 2020 alone, Numotion served more than 1,000 individuals with ALS. Through this partnership, we will be able to impact even more people living with the disease.”
The new partnership led to the creation of the Numotion/Team Gleason Peer2Peer ALS Council, which “will provide expert oversight and advice for operating and accepting new technologies, funding processes and contributing clinical expertise,” said Blair Casey, the Chief Impact Officer at Team Gleason. “This partnership extends from input in Team Gleason’s Wheelchair Guide to the creation of educational videos, as well as advocating for issues relevant to the ALS community. I am confident this collaboration will fast-track emerging accessible solutions for all.”
“Living with ALS or any disease is not easy, and I often say it takes a village,” Gleason said in the announcement. “Numotion is part of the journey to help me and others with ALS to remain independent. From my eight years of experience with Numotion, they have always been respectful, accountable and have put my needs first. I am excited that Team Gleason’s preferred CRT provider is Numotion. With the right care, technology and equipment, people can live a long time with ALS. Numotion’s goals are much like ours, and together we will continue to find the best solutions for independence.”