ATIA Webinar: Accessing Your World

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Accessing Your World: What's New in Environmental Control Technologies

Assistive Technology Industry Association webinar

February 27, 2019

This session will cover various environmental control technologies and how their implementation around the home or workplace can help people with disabilities be more independent in every facet of their lives. Environmental control, smart home technologies and the Internet of Things have been around for quite some time. Until recently the cost of entry was an enormous barrier. Recently, these technologies have become more and more affordable and new solutions join the marketplace everyday. We will discuss these technologies and the different features each one brings with it. We will talk about how these technologies can be partnered with each other to create a robust network of equipment around the home that helps to accomplish a wide range of tasks. These technologies make life easier for everyone, but in the hands of someone with a disability, they make life possible. We will cover how these technologies can be used to control your lights, thermostat, personal security, entertainment, and other daily activities in the home.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the differences between various environmental control technologies including the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod.
  • Create custom voice commands for controlling the environment.
  • Identify areas of the home that can benefit from environmental control technologies.

Ben Jacobs, Accommodations Specialist, Tools for Life

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Jacobs, B. (2019). Accessing Your World: What's New in Environmental Control Technologies. Presented via Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) webinar. 2019.