Aids for Daily Living

Getting to Know Assistive Technology

Assistive technology devices can either be created at home, purchased and used off the shelf, modified, and/or customized to meet individual goals and needs. From low-tech options such as toy or game modification to high-tech devices that include voice recognition or elopement monitors, assistive technology is empowering those with disabilities to live, work, and play in the most independent way possible.

“It’s Been Good for Me”

According to Angie’s sister, Kathy, “Angie just didn’t want to live with anybody. She wanted to make her own choices.” To maintain Angie’s desired level of independence, she and her team formulated a care and response plan supported by CCRI’s Independent by Design program to utilize technology supports that help maximize Angie’s independence and privacy which was featured in a 2017 TRC Case Study. A follow-up interview with Angie regarding her use of technology has recently been published by Impact and re-posted on the TRC blog.

Independently Managing Medication

Medication management can be one of the biggest barriers to independent living. For individuals with disabilities, medications can be one of the most important factors in keeping them healthy and safe, but are often one of the most difficult factors to manage.

With the Push of a Button

The most important step in creating a support for someone you care for is properly identifying the need to be cared for. There are many reasons why this step is important in the grand scheme of helping someone live life to the fullest, but it’s even more important when dealing with technological supports. 

“Alexa, Turn on My Lights.”

The ability to control one’s environment by voice is a perk for some people, but a life changing opportunity for many with disabilities. Just ask Val, whose use of Echo devices and assistive technology sparked further discussions and adoption at The Phoenix Residence, Inc. She’ll gladly tell you about her current technology and how it helps her feel more “like an adult”.