PEAC in the news

  • PBS, July 7th, 2016
  • An Architect with ALS designs a home controlled by blinks Full Text
  • STAT, July 6th, 2016
  • Architect with ALS designs a residence he can control with just blinks Full Text
  • Gainesville Times, June 6, 2015 Dahlonega rehab center helps patients reclaim independence Full Text
  • The Dahlonega Nugget, March 6, 2015 Medical facility begins hiring in Dahlonega Full Text
  • Arlington Heritage Group, April 7, 2014 Are smart homes the next big thing? Full Text
  • Palm Beach Post, March 10, 2014Ensuring their independence. Full Text
  • silicon Angle, March 5, 2014 Smart home solutions for people with special needs Full Text
  • Fostering Independence, Participation, and Healthy Aging Through Technology, National Academies Press, Jul 19, 2013 Full Text
  • Sports Illustrated, June 17, 2013Steve Gleason on his life with ALS, mission for a cure. Full Text
  • The Times Picayune, January 17, 2013 What ALS takes away, Steve Gleason and technology can cure ( text and video here )
  • Associated Press / Washington Post, January 17, 2013 Ex-Saint Steve Gleason shows high-tech home for ALS, other patients; diagnosed in 2011 (full text here)
  • Forbes, May 8th, 2012 - When Technology is the cure (full text here)
  • CEPro, October 18, 2011 - Home Automation Brings Dignity, Independence to Residents with ALS (full text here)
  • Boston Globe, August 14, 2011. - Fighting ALS, one gadget at a time New center allows greater independence. (full text here)
  • Leading Age, July, 15 2011- How Technology Gives Freedom to Nursing Home Residents with Disabilities
  • Technology is helping individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS) find new freedom at the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) in Chelsea, MA. In addition to serving older people, the skilled nursing home allows younger individuals with severe disabilities to remain as independent as possible through access to assistive equipment, ventilator support and personalized mobile command centers. (full text)
  • Home Toys April/May 2010 issue. - Healthcare Automation
  • Steven Key's InventRight, February 17, 2010 - Inventing for a Purpose
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Ron Bessems, an inventor who's created a remarkable product. I often state that inventors help improve people's lives with products. Although this is true, few products I've read about and few inventors I've met seem so dedicated to this goal. I commend him. (full text)
  • Santa Barbara Newspress, January 12, 2010 - In a blink of an Eye
    Ron Bessems turns on a fan, then a lamp, as he sits still and doesn't lift a finger (full text)


Team Gleason / Chase Community Giving video about PEAC and ALS

Steve Gleason at the United Nations

In 2012 Steve Gleason spoke at the United Nations Social Innovation Summit. He mentions the Boston project which is of course PEAC! Fast foward about 1hr 10min.

Leonard Florence Center

A great video of Steve Saling doing a first test run of the facility in Chelsea, MA.

Later that year the Leonard Florence Center was officially opened. During the ceremony Stephen Hawking said a few words about the new home. You can hear this at the ALSRI website.

Eye Blink Demonstration for the newspress

Newspress video

Some quotes

  • "it was unbelievable to call the elevator from my computer. I know it's been the plan for a long time but actually doing it was a huge thrill."
  • "I want to thank you again for your dedication to this project. It is clear that you are always striving to improve it. It is precisely because you are a small, but proven, operation that I knew you were the right man for the job."
  • "I cannot begin to tell you how awesome it to have the freedom Peac provides. Every time I show it off, jaws drop. The most exciting thing will be sharing the technology with my housemates starting next week. You made this possible."
  • "Your PEAC technology is very exciting, and gives people with ALS hope for a vastly improved future."

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