Washington State: Smart Living: Technology @ Home & Community

The Washington state CoP team recently kicked off the Smart Living Project and is recruiting participants. The aim of the project is to explore how technology 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.

The Washington CoP team is currently seeking input from individuals and families on their use of technology to improve accessibility and independence at home or in their community, including:

  • Medication reminders
  • Voice activated devices
  • Key-less locks
  • Apps that connect appliances to your smart phone
  • Emergency response systems

To provide input, individuals with disabilities and family members in Washington can visit http://informingfamilies.org/smart-home/

The project is still in its early stages. 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 www.mylifeplan.guide 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 Smart Living project is the result of a partnership between the Arc of Washington State, the Washington Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Developmental Disabilities Administration.

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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