Steve Gleason Act passes House, heads to Obama’s desk

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WGNO) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Steve Gleason Act Wednesday. The bill now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk. He is expected to sign it.

The legislations will make speech generated devices more accessible, helping those suffering from ALS live more independent lives.

“This is a bill that will truly give a voice to thousands of people. More than 5000 people every year are diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, with ALS.  They all have something to say,” Congressman Steve Scalise said.

The U.S. Senate passed the measure in April of this year.

The bill is named for former Saints Steve Gleason who was diagnosed with ALS in January 2011.