For people living with condition such as ALS/MND, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Cerebral Palsy, and Spinal Cord Injury


Originally, our EMG assistive technology was developed to help Veterans returning from service with Spinal Cord Injuries resulting in paralysis and loss of speech. Today, it successfully helps people with a range of conditions to find their ‘voice’ once more.


 Since our early days, Control Bionics has worked with clients living with Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). Largely due to the increased likely hood, United States Veterans have of developing and being diagnosed with this disease (50% more likely). While we now serve our clients with ALS/MND across the globe regardless of age or service, our solutions still offer life-changing benefits to these individuals.


  • A 3-in-1 solution that progresses with you and your abilities. By combining multiple access methods users are able to choose which access is best for them; whether that changes hourly, daily, or over the course of years. 
  • Reduced user fatigue and increase speed. By combining multiple access methods, our solutions remove the age-old eye fatigue associated with industry-standard eye-tracking system. This combination also allows for faster communication (up to 133%*) by removing the need to dwell or blink for activation which is found in traditional eye-tracking solutions.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

As we’ve expanded the client population we work with, we’ve worked with those, young and old, in the US and across the globe, who have been diagnosed with SMA. One of our longest partners in the development of the NeuroNode3, Michael Philips, used our system for communication and control for nearly a decade. While one of our youngest client, Meave Coffeey, used our communication solution to ensure her voice could be heard in her New York classroom. Among others, these are a few reasons clients living with SMA benefit from our solutions:


  • Onetime, fast funding! Control Bionics works with state Medicaid, Medicare, and Private Insurance. It’s our funding teams’ mission to be able to provide you with your communication system as quickly as possible.

There is no greater feeling in the world than watching a patient, connected to their NeuroNode for the first time, realize that the world has opened back up for them. It’s real communication, functional communication.

Caitlin Smith, MA CCP-SLP

I no longer get tired because I use the NeuroNode to select what I want instantly… The NeuroNode Trilogy System is by far the most thought out assistive technology device that I have ever seen.

Emma Lockwood, Student, Entrepreneur, + NeuroNode Controller

Since receiving his NeuroNode Trilogy he now has the ability to communicate independently without a carer’s support, which he has not been able to do in the past 10 years.

Carolyn, Loving Sister of a NeuroNode Controller

When we build ramps, we reduce disability. We meet the client where they are.

Jill Adlin, M.A., CCC-SLP

I have learned to use my new voice, my words appearing on my phone screen through the magic of NeuroNode… I can still share in the up-and-down lives of dear extended family and friends who visit or exchange messages from afar. I can still write, and I have learned to write for this blog. And I can…

Kirsten Harley, Mother, Writer, MND Warrior + NeuroNode Controller

Communication is life; if you can’t communicate, living is almost impossible.

Matthew Hodge, Father, MND Warrior + NeuroNode Controller

The extraordinary thing is the look in someone’s face the first time they make a signal; because, they may have been told that they’re going to be locking in for the rest of their lives.

Dr. Mary-Clare Waugh

Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Individuals living with CP can have unique access and communication challenges. Often times traditional switches require maximum effort while more advanced eye tracking solutions can be problematic due to seating positions and muscle spasticity. The latest developments in the NeuroNode3 are designed specifically with these users in mind!


  • Wireless and wearable. Finally, a solution that moves with the user, not one that the user has to move to! The NeuroNode’s wireless design means minimal movement is needed to activate the switch, which can be placed anywhere on the user’s body.
  • Introducing Spatial Control! While EMG is a great access solution for many clients, those living with CP can have uncontrolled movements which may seem like a misfit for EMG Control. We’ve developed Spatial Control specifically with those users in mind. Clients no longer have to make a specific movement to activate the NeuroNode3 switch, any movement will do. In Spatial Mode the device tracks it place in space and allows you to define an area around it – move the device out of that user-defined area and the NeuroNode3 switch is activated!

Spinal Cord Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury

While Control Bionics first developed our technology to help Veterans returning from service with Spinal Cord Injuries it’s still a client group that is near and dear to our hearts. We have been proud to work alongside the Veteran Health Administration to serve these individuals, and we’re proud to continue to serve individuals outside of the Service.

Each and every client is unique, the above diagnosis are just a few of the common diagnosis we’ve worked with over the years. If you have a potential client who’s living with motor impairment and loss of speech, we’re here to help. Some other conditions we’ve provided communication solutions for include:

• Friedreich’s Ataxia
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Stroke
• Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Fill out a form, drop us a line, or send us a letter – we look forward to talking with you!