SMART Living in Washington state

The CoP team in Washington state is excited to be kicking off a pilot project to explore how technolgoy can be used to help individuals with disabilities and older families enhance their quality of life by increasing their independence and ability to live in their own home in the community.

Currently, the project is just now getting off the ground, so the team is at the stage of bringing on a project manager and working with the Washington state Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to identify the participants. The project is taking place as a partnership between the Arc of Washington State, the Washington Developmental Disabilities Council, and the DDA.

The requirements for individuals who want to participate are that they are a waiver and/or Community First Choice participant. Individuals will be selected in consultation with DDA, Region 3.  The individuals selected must live in local communities and in a variety of settings, e.g. one in supported living, one in an adult family home, one living in his/her own home and one living with parents in family home.

All individuals must complete a person centered plan using or similar tool. The demonstration project will help the individuals undergo an assessment and training on using technology devices, assistance in obtaining the devise(s), training on how to use it/them, and nine months of successful usage of devises with on-going technical consultation/assistance.


The Community of Practice can’t wait to see what happens as a result of this project!

Rachel is the Media & Design Specialist on the Family to Family team at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. She completed her Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management at UMKC. She is proud to say she is a second generation AmeriCorps member! Her passion is where social justice and technology meet. Her specialty is making projects, programs, and organizations look good.

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