Getting Started

What Kind of Technology Is Available?

The use of technology among individuals with disabilities is becoming increasingly more mainstream, funded, and has established practices and implementation processes.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology provides help with communication, environmental manipulation, and integration into the community. Many of these come in the form of smartphone and tablet apps, personal home assistants (such as Amazon Echo or Google Home), and commercial software. These technologies can be easily integrated into any care plan at home, at work, or on the go.

Remote Support Technology

Remote support technology allows people to get the support they need without having support staff physically present at all times. Remote support provides increased independence and improves the safety and security of the persons served.

View Minnesota Department of Human Services policies regarding utilizing these technologies in the Resource Library.


Why Utilize Technology?

Technology has the ability to increase independence and self-sufficiency for people living with disabilities. It is a powerful tool that can easily be overlooked when deciding on what care options are best. The use of technology not only helps the individual receiving support, but also family members, case managers, and providers as well.

  • Increased Independence - It is found that when individuals are provided with tools to control more of their lives and the physical presence of caregivers is reduced through remote supervision, individuals try to and do more for themselves.
  • Extend the reach of caregivers/direct support professional (DSP) - In this time of critical staff shortages, technology enables DSPs to supervise, observe, and offer guidance to more individuals when needed without having to be present waiting to be needed. Technology helps to reduce passive caregiving time, allowing caregivers to be more effective when they are present.
  • Improved tools to deliver person-centered supports - Technology enables more personalized service allowing caregivers to bring the individualized support to the person when s/he needs it.

How to Begin?

It all starts with a conversation—a collaboration between providers, families and persons served, and case managers. From discussions, a plan is put in place, funding is found, and installation and training begin. Following implementation, measurement and evaluation continue to occur, ensuring the solution is working as expected and pinpointing areas for improvement and expansion.

The state of Minnesota has worked to develop methods, funding, and tools for the use of technology. When having the conversation regarding implementation, teams should discuss what is currently happening and how technology resources might apply/benefit the individual(s) they are supporting.

  1. Start the Conversation
  2. Begin Planning
  3. Seek Funding
  4. Implement Technology
  5. Measure Success


Find the Resources that Matter to You:


Learn the keys to a successful conversation and be ready to answer common questions from self-advocates, family members, and case managers.

I am a Provider

Family & Self-Advocates

Learn how to start the conversation with case managers and providers to identify goals and outcomes technology might be able to assist with.

I am an Advocate

Case Managers

Begin the conversation with self-advocates, family, and providers to find the right mix of technology uses available to implement in care plans.

I am a Case Manager








Resources for Getting Started



Remote monitoring assessment

Remote Monitoring Technology Assessment

This assessment was created by the State of Ohio to specifically assist in the process of including remote monitoring technology as part of an individual’s care plan.

Person Centered Technology Assessment

Person Centered Technology Assessment

This document was created to support initial conversations related to using technology supports for people served by Hammer Residences, Inc. Hammer staff utilize this document after an initial general consultation and is intended to describe the individual’s functional skills and abilities concerning the need for technology as a support as well as outline possible solutions and future outcome documentation.