The NeuroSwitch is an assistive device for people living with conditions causing paralysis, loss of motor control, and loss of speech.
The NeuroSwitch lets you use your brain’s EMG signals to control your computer. It’s assistive communication technology (AAC) for people with conditions such as:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and Motor Neuron Disease (MND)
- Locked-in Syndrome
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Cerebral Palsy
Glenn Sargood lives in Australia with his wife Rachel and his three children. He has MND. Glenn uses the NeuroSwitch to speak, play with his children, and even help them with their homework.
Glenn uses his NeuroSwitch to maintain an active presence online. Like several other NeuroSwitch users, he tweets with his NeuroSwitch. You can follow him on Twitter: @onebg.
I was locked out from so many things I had previously taken for granted. This has given me back independence and freedom.Glenn Sargood
In this television news story, see how Glenn continues to be a vibrant presence in his family, despite his MND, by communicating using his NeuroSwitch.
Gary Griffin was a US Air Force veteran from Nebraska with ALS. He was the first US veteran to receive a NeuroSwitch through the VA. When Gary began to lose the ability to use traditional Assistive Technology (AT) switches, his wife Lisa searched for one that would enable him to continue to use his communications systems, including text-to-speech software, a web browser, email software, and his Freedom 2000® communicator. The NeuroSwitch met this need for several years.
Everyone who has ALS is fearful of being locked in. Because of NeuroSwitch my husband is able to communicate with us with less effort and more speed than ever before… NeuroSwitch has provided relief not only for him but for everyone else involved in his life.Lisa Griffin, wife of Gary
Watch a news feature about Gary Griffin and his NeuroSwitch:
Gary flies on this – he is typing at least 3 times as fast as any other switch device – anything anybody can do on a computer he can do.Chad Conrad, Caregiver for Gary Griffin
The NeuroSwitch can be an ideal communication device for people with spinal cord injuries and other conditions causing paralysis.
New Zealand’s innovative Accident Compensation Corporation provided a NeuroSwitch for Henry. Working with his Speech Language Therapist Leisha Williams, Henry was able to use the NeuroSwitch to communicate with his carers, therapists and family.
Thankyou for all that you did with your NeuroSwitch for my husband Henry, who was diagnosed with Locked-in-Syndrome in 2002. It was great to see him feel worthy and get in touch with the outside world independently – rather than relying on his only other form of communication – the up and down eye movement alphabet charts.Michelle Geerts, wife of Henry
Watch a video of Dutch artist Joost Hartog, who was diagnosed as paraplegic after a diving accident in 1988. Until he used the NeuroSwitch, he believed he had no controllable muscular signals in his arms at all. In this video, you can see him trying out the NeuroSwitch for the first time:
There is still a signal, and I didn’t really know there was any…. All the time I was certain that the signals of my brain didn’t do anything-just only thinking. This is the first time, that really after twenty years paralyzed, that the signals I still develop in my brain are really doing something!Joost Hartog