Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and Werdnig-HoffmannUsers find the Eyegaze Edge a fast and easy method of computer access, even if they retain verbal and head control to use other methods.
Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Muscular Dystrophy is a hereditary condition characterized by progressive weakening of muscle systems. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a group of disorders characterized by the degeneration of lower motor neurons, causing atrophy of various muscle groups in the body, including muscles needed for communication in some cases.
SMA is categorized by type: Type I, ranging from severe physical impairments, to type IV with mild weakness and impairments. Individuals with SMA are alert, interactive and eager to communicate and access the world of technology!
Eyegaze Edge® Features
Works at Many Different Angles
Easily Finds User's Eye at Any Head Angle or Lean
Can Be Used By Young Children
Using Eyegaze® with Muscular Dystrophy or Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Children and adults with MD, SMA, and Werdnig-Hoffmann are typically robust Eyegaze communicators who benefit from the ease of positioning of the Eyegaze Edge in regard to their own unique positioning needs.
Maylan Chavez, our Eyegaze Edge® Spokeswoman
with SMA has a message for you!
Other eye tracking devices on the market require that the user have no significant left or right lean in respect to the eye tracking camera. Thus, the user has to sit up straight or the monitor has to be tilted and mounted to meet the individual’s position.
We have learned that children and adults with SMA may often need to adjust position or remain laying on their side for extended periods of time. The Eyegaze Edge easily mounts and finds the eye of the Eyegaze user with any significant head angle or lean, allowing them to remain comfortable and functionally communicate.
The Eyegaze Edge Grid 3 software allows children to access language platforms that meet their developmental communication stages and is also fully customizable for their learning and entertainment needs. We have seen success with children young as 15 months old using the Eyegaze Edge with Grid 3 software. Our adult Eyegaze Edge users with SMA access the internet, social media, online shopping, and work programs to connect to the world around them.
Meet Maylan Chavez, our Spokeswoman & Disabilities Advocate: Maylan Communicates to the World and On Stilettos and Stigmas: Living With Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
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