ALS Forum 2 650 pix

Life for people who live with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is both a joy and a great challenge. They, their families and caregivers must adapt their daily routines to accommodate patients’ changing bodies and energy levels. And they educate people who don’t live with ALS every day about the unique issues involved with the disorder. For example, did you know that asking a person with ALS to recline during a dental or physical exam may stop their breathing?

For several years, Associate Professor Nancy Potter from the WSU Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and some of her students have sponsored free and open forums to talk about issues related to ALS. (The photo above features panelists from last year’s event.) The next forum will be Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6 pm in the Academic Center, room 20, on the WSU Spokane campus.

“There is much to learn about this devastating illness from those who bravely share their stories,” Potter said about the panel of ALS patients and their families. “The stories they tell, the perspectives they bring are extremely valuable to our students who are future practitioners.”

The forum is also presented by Eastern Washington University’s Communication Disorders programs.

A similar forum, to discuss issues related to the neurological movement disorder dystonia, will be held on Tuesday, October 6. We’ll most more about that on this blog before that event.