Peter LeBlanc – shown here with his adaptive equipment and therapy dog – worked in the IT industry before being diagnosed with ALS. He has provided the Stan Cassidy Centre’s Assistive Technology team with invaluable and well-informed feedback to aid in the development of his adaptive equipment.
Editor’s Note: Peter LeBlanc is a Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation out-patient, living with ALS.
In 2009, I was diagnosed with ALS and I was devastated. I was given a time frame left to live. This news put me in a state of depression.
Shortly after I was given this news, I was also told about the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation. Honestly, I had no intention of visiting the centre because I didn't think it was worth the trip. After some coaxing I did go and it was a life-changing event that made me look at this disease in a whole different way. They provided the resources for living with the disease. To this day, no matter what changes I have to my condition, I can always count on the team at the Stan Cassidy Centre for assistance.
For the past two years I have been in a hospital where ALS was relatively new to them – I could always rely on the staff at the Stan Cassidy to provide the day-to-day information required. They are also an invaluable source of equipment ideas and equipment manufacturers. I have been fortunate to get my needs met to remain as self-sufficient as possible. The team there never says that something is impossible or back away from a challenging request.
This photo shows the pressure switch I activate by leaning
my head to control a computer mouse.
I will be leaving the hospital soon and it's reassuring to know that my team at the Stan Cassidy Centre is only a phone call or an email away and always will be.
IT Guy & Stan Cassidy Centre Out-patient