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Smart Home Technology

The DCATP AT Center has an impressive variety of smart home devices.  These devices are available for demonstration and some items are available for our short-term loan program. 

What is Smart Home Technology?

Smart home technology or home automation systems, allow individuals to control appliances, thermostats, lights, security cameras, alarms and other devices using a smartphone or tablet through an internet connection.  Most of these devices interface with a voice assistance device or app such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home.

How Can Smart Home Technology Help Individuals with Special Needs?

Smart devices can help most person's with disabilities and older adults live more independently based on their needs, goals, abilities, interests and budget.

For example, persons with limited mobility can use a motorized curtain opener that is operated through a voice-controlled app on a smartphone.  A person with hearing loss can use a smart doorbell and smart lamp to be alerted when someone is at the door.  Persons with cognitive limitations can use a wearable device or tablet that provides visual and auditory supports for organization.  The possibilities are endless. 

Please contact Davette Rucker to get more information and to schedule an appointment to receive an interactive demonstration of smart home and assistive technology.

Smart Home Exhibit at the MLK Public Library

The DCATP recently conducted a Smart Home Exhibit at Martin Luther King Library and provided interactive demonstrations. Please view the video below.