November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor and recognize the people who provide care to their loved ones. It is also a time to increase support for caregivers, educate communities, and raise awareness of caregiving issues.
Many of the people who use our Eyegaze Edge® have loving and dedicated caregivers who give their time and support to improve their loved ones’ lives. We would like to remember those steadfast caregivers during the month of November. Here are just a few of the disabilities and disabling diseases for which people provide care:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Quadriplegia resulting from spinal cord injury is another disability that can be aided by the Eyegaze Edge®. The system is often an excellent tool for people who are ventilator-dependent and quadriplegic, especially if they are non-verbal. It is also being used by some people with spinal cord injuries who are verbal, or who are able to move their heads, but find direct-selection with the eyes a faster and easier method of computer access than alternative methods of row/column scanning, voice control, or mouth or unicorn sticks.
Many children and adults with cerebral palsy are currently using the Eyegaze Edge® to participate in school, from kindergarten through college, and in the workplace. Because controlling the eyes does not elicit a movement response in the body, many people with CP are proficient Eyegaze Edge® users. The eyes are a part of the brain, and controlling them does not cause movement in other parts of the body once the user becomes relaxed.
Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Werdnig-Hoffman Syndrome
Children and adults with MD, SMA, and Werdnig-Hoffman can benefit from the ease of positioning of the Eyegaze Edge®. Because the Eyegaze Edge® works accurately in any position, users with these diseases find it very comfortable to use. Children with SMA as young as 15 months are able to use our device effectively.