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Gleason shows high-tech controls at ALS, MS home

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Steve Gleason, a New Orleans hero since he blocked a punt for the first touchdown in the Saints' first home game after Hurricane Katrina, says that until there's a cure for his paralyzing disease, technology is the cure.

Gleason, a former special teams standout who now gets around in a powered wheelchair, showed off some of that technology Thursday at a residence he's creating for up to 18 people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis, another disease that progressively damages the nervous system.

A computerized system in the Team Gleason House lets someone control lights, doors, window shades, televisions, and room temperature by moving a hand or with head, eyes, or breath.

Work is still being done at the residence, which will make up the first floor of a 116-bed skilled nursing facility being developed by the St. Margaret's Daughters order in a mid-city hospital abandoned after the floods of Hurricane Katrina.

Chase gave Gleason's foundation, Team Gleason, $350,000 to install the system made by Promixis LLC of Jupiter, Fla.

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