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Searching for Environmental Factors That May Cause ALS

Speculation runs wide regarding the causes of ALS. Although everything from diet to warfare has been investigated, scientists have yet to pinpoint a specific pathway to the disease. Find out how you can help accelerate the search for answers and new treatments.


Making Occupational Therapy a Vital Component of Your ALS Care Plan

The ALS disease process impacts everyone differently. Occupational therapists develop tailored solutions to address changes in daily functioning, shifting mobility, and cognitive challenges to preserve quality of life. We sat down with one of the nation’s leading experts on this topic and learned that some of the most useful adaptive tips may already be at your fingertips.


Upcoming Webinars

Join our monthly webinar series to learn about the latest advances in clinical research and tips for coping with daily life. This month, we’ll explore tips for making the most out of your summer travel plans and learn about the genetic studies taking place at The CReATe Consortium.

Traveling Successfully With ALS

With summer on the horizon, many thoughts turn to vacation or travel opportunities. For people with ALS and their families, traveling may feel like a challenge. Although extra time and accommodations may be required, those with ALS can and should enjoy vacations and other travel experiences. Planning is key to making the most of your trip. Join Assistive Technology Practitioner, Alisa Brownlee, for her Successful Travel with ALS webinar on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT to learn more.


Northeast Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (NEALS) Consortium

Experts explain the scientific rational and design of current ALS research. These webinars offer participants the opportunity to have the experts running clinical trials directly answer their questions.


Explore the CReATe Consortium

Learn how identifying the genetic causes of ALS may help better direct scientists’ efforts in the search for an effective new treatment. Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Miami Health System and Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and Vice President of Research at The ALS Association will discuss the genetic research taking place at the CReATe Consortium on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM EDT.


ALS and Hospice Care: Taking a Positive Approach

Myths and misperceptions surrounding hospice care often prevent those with a terminal illness from receiving the care and comfort they deserve. A leading hospice expert offers insight on why hospice is likely “more than what you might think” and advises on when people with ALS should consider reaching out to their local hospice provider for advice and support.

Raising a Family While Coping with ALS

Being a parent isn’t easy. Juggling parenthood and an ALS diagnosis is especially challenging. We sat down with a father of four to learn how he manages daily life in this unchartered territory.


On the Road: Tips for Traveling with ALS

From tuning-up and “tagging” an electric wheelchair, to packing liquid meals ─ expert advice for people with mobility impairment smooth the way to lasting memories when you’re away from home.


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