May is National ALS Awareness Month. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease in which nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord deteriorate progressively. Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge from 2014? That was a fundraiser for ALS, which makes it increasingly difficult for people to control their muscles and do activities of daily living. Individuals with this disease eventually pass away, but research is being done to find a cure. For more information, go to http://www.alsa.org/.
As a side note, Neurotech Network is a non-profit organization that promotes neurotechnology for people with physical disabilities. Neurotechnology consists of devices such as deep brain stimulation and spine stimulators, which improve people's lives. Neurotech's founder Jennifer French, who became paralyzed after a snowboarding accident, benefited from an implanted neuroprosthetic system. The network's website, http://www.neurotechnetwork.org/, contains valuable resources.