Revolutionized TV Control for Consumers With Physical and Speech Limitations


Comcast and Team Gleason have partnered to drive inclusive innovation to improve the independence and quality of life for people with physical and speech disabilities, including those living with ALS.

Together, Comcast and Team Gleason are actively engaging with people with ALS (pALS) and caregivers, as well as preeminent clinicians, technologists and assistive technology partners to define and develop accessible, empowering experiences — from TV control to smart home solutions, among other needs.

Specifically, the companies are working together on the latest evolution of Comcast’s Xfinity Adaptive Remote.

The Adaptive Remote, first launched in 2019, is a web-based remote control for Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex. It works on any computer, smartphone or tablet by connecting with the assistive devices that people with disabilities use, including eye tracking technology, sip and puff technology, switch control technology, and voice control software.

When asked to rank the technologies and experiences that are most important to them, people with ALS and other physical disabilities consistently list controlling their TV and entertainment experience independently.

— Kate Panarese and Suzanne Alford