The Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Program is a clinical and research program focusing on exploring BCI technology solutions to help patients achieve functional goals, increase their independence, or improve their quality of life.
BCI (Brain Computer Interface) is an emerging and promising access technology for patients with complex physical needs. A non-invasive headset worn by the patient analyzes and interprets brain signals to control applications (toys, robots, video games, environmental controls) directly without needing reliable or functional physical movements, such as when using access methods like switches or eye gaze.
Individuals aged 5 years and older with severe limitations in motor function (equivalent to Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) and Manual Ability Classification System (MACS) levels 4 or 5) are the ideal patients, including those with cerebral palsy (CP), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), brain injury, spinal cord injury (SCI), stroke, etc. Individuals who have had challenges (or anticipated challenges) with access methods for Assistive Technology (AT), or who are interested in adding an access method, are great candidates. Ideally, patients should be able to follow some verbal instructions and attend to simple tasks, and have functional vision and hearing, in order to learn how to use the technology.
Clinical services include assessment, consultation, training, and follow-up. If appropriate, patients may be invited to participate in patient-oriented research.