Power of Art Helps Teens & Young Adults Impacted by ALS

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable, progressive, neurodegenerative disease that can cause patients to lose their ability to walk, dress, write, speak, swallow and eat. When a family member is diagnosed with ALS, teens and young adults can be significantly impacted and may need support to cope with such an overwhelming disease.

Now, there’s an initiative called ALSO US™ which provides a platform for teens and young adults impacted by ALS to share their experiences through the power of art. ALSO US encourages creative expression using various art forms such as writing, photography, film and graphic design.

Certified art therapist Erika Mayer talked with us about how teens can use art as a way to express what they are going through when a family member has a fatal disease. We also spoke with Tess Cohen, a young adult filmmaker who created a documentary about caring for her father with ALS.


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