many, smart technology is about convenience, or trying out the latest gadget.
But for people with developmental disabilities, smart tech can be a critical
part of their everyday lives by increasing accessibility, enabling
independence, promoting safety and security, and so much more.
are just a handful of devices and technologies that can help people with
disabilities thrive—but the possibilities are virtually limitless.
Alexa is great for setting timers or for getting the weather update. But that’s
not all she can do.
Safety and security
independently is an important goal for many people with disabilities. And these
safety features can help make that goal a reality while providing peace of mind.
like smart lighting can be a major boon for people who use wheelchairs or need
assistance with mobility. Imagine being able to turn off all the lights from
anywhere in the house without having to get up!
Transition living skills
appliances like a washer/dryer or a Roomba are a bigger financial investment,
but the support they provide for independent living can be priceless.
who among us couldn’t benefit from a reminder to take our meds? This handy
device even takes it a step further.
and affordable, buttons can be programmed to do a host of things in your home,
making them an accessible option with a ton of applications. The only limit is your
buttons, sensors are kind of a blank slate—in a good way. Here are a few ways
we’ve found them useful. How do you think they could work for you?
thermostats and blinds are a convenient option for almost anyone, but again,
for people who need assistance with mobility, being able to manage your environment
without having to get up is a game-changer.
Whether you’re on the 24/7 news channel or relaxing with reality TV, binging your favorite shows has never been more accessible.
(Psst—looking for new shows to watch? We’ve collected some of the best shows and movies featuring actors with disabilities!)