The ALS Association
Ice Bucket Challenge Progress

Assistive Communication Program Expanded

Tennessee Chapter

Serving people living with ALS in: Tennessee

As a result of the Ice Bucket Challenge, The ALS Association Tennessee Chapter received $300,000 to support programs and services for people fighting the disease. The chapter used these funds to expand its communication program which gives ALS patients an opportunity to work with speech pathologists in their area. These professionals help patients identify appropriate assistive communication devices and can help patients and their families adjust to new equipment.

The chapter was also able to purchase new equipment for its loan closet, such as iPads that can help patients communicate and ramps that allow patients to enter and leave their homes. Additionally, the chapter is increasing its capacity to serve individuals in rural communities through a new care services coordinator. This coordinator will conduct home visits and organize support groups for patients who have traditionally had limited access to care.

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