Report: Former Saints player Steve Gleason's 'Team Gleason House' to open next month _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Former New Orleans Saints Steve Gleason talks with U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA 2nd District) before the game against the Carolina Panthers in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.


Since he was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason has pioneered technology to cope with his disease.

From the tablet that helps him communicate using his eyes to his one-of-a-kind wheelchair he also controls with eye movement, Gleason's expensive technology used to only be avaliable for those who could afford it.

Next month, technology like Gleason's will be made avaliable to 18 people with ALS living in the Team Gleason House, the New York Times reports.

Doors in the house operate like Gleason's chair, opening with eye sensors and residents can change TV channels and adjust bed heights with tablets like Gleason's.

This house is the second of its kind designed for people living with ALS.

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