Home Automation, or environmental adaptations, provides individuals with disabilities the ability to start, stop, or adjust electric or electronic devices. These tools are typically beneficial for someone with a physical disability that limits their upper extremity control. Fine motor delays, spinal cord injuries, neuro-degenerative disorders are a few of the disabilities that might also benefit.
Switches allow individuals with disabilities to operate basic kitchen appliances, computers, lights, music, video players, toys, TV, or even speech-generating devices. Users can put pressure on switches with their head, chin, hand, arm, elbow, foot, leg, etc.
Alert Paging Systems
Alert Paging Systems makes it easy for individuals to stay in contact with their caregivers. Whenever they need their attention, they can click a button or tap a switch to notify their caregiver.
Voice-activated controls are becoming increasingly popular. For someone without a disability, a device like Amazon’s Echo makes life easier, but for someone with a disability Amazon’s Echo is a game-changer. The Echo can help organize life, make calls, control smart lights, thermostats, door locks, speakers or smart plugs (which opens Echo up to any device the plugs in).
Learn more about AT for Communication at AT3 Center’s Explore AT Clearinghouse.
ATLA has services and programs available for individuals who need AT for Home Automation.