Smart Technologies and Systems have the ability to assist people with disability to enhance independence and make your home truly accessible. Appliances and devices throughout your home can be connected and controlled from a central device.
Utilising Mainstream or ‘off the shelf’ technologies mean that we no longer need to rely on disability specific devices and can instead purchase items without a steep price tag, providing value for money and improved control options.
Stephen – works as an independent consultant in Smart AT solutions for people with Disability.
“Because I don’t sell products or equipment, but rather, working with you, I am unbiased in finding the right solution for people. Where I see my value, is the ability to work with people to understand a person’s needs and bring together & integrate Smart AT products into a solution. Without the restrictions of a particular brand, supplier or technology type.”
He is interested in:
- You or the person you support.
- What are your support needs?
- What current technology are you using?
- What are your goals?
- What is on your wish list?
With a holistic approach, he will be creative in:
- Offer advice about the latest technologies to integrate into your supports.
- Find the right solution as a product, program or application that will meet your specific needs.
- Assistance with Sourcing the best price, Purchasing and Installation on your behalf.
- Provide one-on-one training or assistance in-person or virtually.
- Offer technology workshops and group training classes.
10 Most Useful Smart Home Technologies for People with Disabilities
There are many options for Control and Automation of items around your home, here are a few examples for the top 10 areas we get requests for
|Integrated Systems||A central device that manages your technologies in one place – such as Vera Z-Wave System with Voice Control via Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.|
|Smart locks||An August lock can use a person’s smartphone as a key.|
|Smart Video Doorbell||Ring Doorbell to see who is at the door on your smart device from any room in the house or even whilst you are out.|
|Smart Lighting||Philips Hue or LIFX Bulbs for control of lighting with a low cost entry point.|
|Smart Plugs||Control your Lamp, Wheelchair charger, Fan or wall charger via app or voice.|
|Smart Climate Control||Take control of your infrared Split System or Wall Mounted Air Conditioner, without the need to purchase expensive add-on WiFi modules or replace your system.|
|Smart Activation of Doors||Open and close any automated door by using a free phone call or even your voice on your smartphone without the need for home internet. Front Door or Garage Door Systems.|
|Smart Curtains, Blinds and Shades||App or voice controlled.|
|Smart prompts and memory Reminders||Event activated voice prompts and location based reminders.
|Smart Speakers||These are now not just limited to ApplePod, Google Home or Amazon Echo. Many manufacturers are now building in Voice Activation: Sonos, JBL, Sony, LG, Harman Kardon…|