The service provides tools that are designed to improve quality of life and encourage personal autonomy in people affected by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and other motor neurone diseases.

The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with the Miquel Valls Foundation with the objective of improving quality of life and promoting the personal autonomy of people affected by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other motor neurone diseases (MND), and their families. The alliance between the two organisations will provide 36 new pieces of equipment to the Miquel Valls Foundation Assistive Technology Resource Bank.

The Miquel Valls Foundation Assistive Technology Resource Bank contains more than 1,600 pieces of assistive technology and is available to everyone affected by ALS/MND that is helped by the organisation in Catalonia. Every year, around 250 families will benefit from the technological resources designed to help users become more independent in their daily life.

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor neurons of the brain, the brainstem and the spinal cord, which are the cells responsible for sending messages from the brain to the muscles. As a consequence, patients suffer from muscular atrophy that progresses into paralysis. Currently there is no cure, and no treatment exists that can stop the degenerative process. However, comprehensive care can improve the quality of life and reduce the decline in daily functioning caused by the disease.

The collaboration between the Miquel Valls Foundation and the Ramon Molinas Foundation will provide four batteries for electric wheelchairs, five batteries to convert manual wheelchairs to electric ones, two batteries for folding electric wheelchairs, six adaptable side tables, three alterative Grid 3 communication programmes, eight eye tracking software computer programmes, and eight alarm systems.

 

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Links of interest:

Miquel Valls Foundation website.