More than 25 years ago, Rucker and Sandra Ashmore's eldest son Rusty, became a C5 quad as the result of an auto accident. Applying his talents and desire to help his son, Rucker began focusing on solving some of the challenges Rusty encountered. Eventually, Rucker met other parents who had children with various types of disabilities. Sensing an opportunity to help others, he launched ASL in 1992. He immediately hired a full-time electrical engineer who began helping him devise new ways to give individuals powered mobility, as well as computer and communication access.
Since then, ASL has grown to include a staff of highly trained individuals who not only design new products, but also consult with and train therapists, teachers, vendors, insurance, and Medicaid case managers.
Through ASL's work, dedication, and ingenuity, countless clients of all ages have had the opportunities to demonstrate their potential with alternative access and gained functional independence with powered mobility and communication. People who most thought were incapable of powered mobility-have gained functionality and success in power that few thought possible.