Communication Equipment Loan Pool
Hrbek-Sing Communication & Assistive Device Program
The Hrbek-Sing Communication and Assistive Device Program
is available to any person living with ALS in the Chapter's service area
and registered with the Chapter. The program provides augmentative
communication equipment to individuals who have lost their ability to verbally
communicate. The program also helps people with ALS maintain their independence
by providing computer access equipment and/or environmental control devices.
How to meet your needs...
Your initial appointment will consist of an evaluation by a skilled
Speech and/or Occupational Therapist. Your therapist will be able to determine
what type of equipment would be most helpful. The therapist will decide if additional
training is required or recommended for speech generating, environmental
control or computer access devices. Any augmentative/alternative communication
or assistive devices that we have will be loaned out at no charge. Please
note that items need to be returned to the loan closet once you have finished
using them, allowing others to have their equipment needs met.
Who pays the bill...
The Hrbek-Sing Program is designed to meet the changing needs of the
individual as their disease progresses and as their limitations become
greater. Insurance is pursued for funding whenever possible for both
therapy visits and speech generating devices. Additionally, please note that
manufacturers of speech generating devices may charge an unlocking fee to allow
individuals to use devices for more than just communication. As a courtesy, the
ALS Association will cover the cost of the unlocking fee. In the event that your insurance will not cover the cost of a therapy visit
or a speech generating device, the ALS Association may be able to assist. Please contact the Care Services team for
We continue to support you...
Questions or concerns regarding the Hrbek-Sing Program should be directed
to Care Services Coordinators: Kristin Wallock, MS, OTR/L firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Kronk, R.N. email@example.com at the Chapter office (612) 672-0484.
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