NEW! The 2nd Edition of Your Guide to Smart Home Technology

  Smart Homes Made Simple: Your Guide to Smart Home Technology, 2nd Edition We are excited to announce the release of the brand new edition of our guide, Smart Homes Made Simple: Your Guide to Smart Home Technology, 2nd Edition. This guide was written to help people with disabilities, older adults, and their families learn to successfully integrate smart home technology into their homes and their lives. “Smart home technology is one of the best resources for people with disabilities so they can live safely and more independently in a home of their own. These devices also help people perform everyday activities, thrive in employment, school, and in their communities,” says PATF’s CEO, Ben Laudermilch. Smart home technology can help with:·    Connecting with friends and family·    Turning on and off the lights·    Setting reminders and alarms·    Checking in with a caregiver·    Locking and unlocking the door·    Using telehealth services and health monitoring·    Changing the TV channel or turning on music·    And more! We hope this new edition of our guide will help you explore smart home technology, develop a framework to choose your technology, and build a team who can support you in achieving your goals. In addition to the digital version in English (508-compliant PDF), the guide is also available as a printed booklet. You can request a printed copy of the latest edition of our guide at   Download the Guide     Amazon Alexa on a table with a lamp a globe and a potted plant.What’s inside: ·    What Is Smart Home Technology and How Can It Help? ·    Determining Your Goals and Preparing for a Smart Home ·    Choosing Your Smart Home Technology ·    Developing a Funding Strategy·    Setting Up Your Smart Home Technology ·    Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Smart Home Technology ·    Security and Privacy    This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council; in part by grant number 2001PASCDD-02 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy. Also available:Self-Assessment Tool Not sure where to begin with smart home technology? This self-assessment is a good starting point as you consider what smart home technology might work for you This tool is useful for individuals with disabilities, family members, and support team members. Download the Self-Assessment  Check out the Website! Go to our Smart Homes Made Simple website: Our great website provides an interactive experience where users can explore how smart home technology can help and which types of devices might work for them.  Próximamente ¡2nda edición en español! Hogares Inteligentes de Forma Sencilla: Guía para la tecnología de hogar inteligente, 1era edición ·    Spanish digital (508-compliant PDF) Descargar 1era edición  New Video About Smart Home Technology Garland is wearing a light blue shirt. Caroline is wearing a dark brown shirt. Garland and Caroline Tell Us About Their Smart Home Devices In this brief, captioned video, Garland (on the left) and Caroline (on the right) talk about the smart home devices they both use as people with hearing loss.  Garland and Caroline are using total communication, which is the practice of simultaneously incorporating all means of communication, including speech, sign language, fingerspelling, lipreading, gesture, amplification, writing, gesture, and pictures.  Watch the Video  About Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF), founded in 1998, is a statewide non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and Alternative Financing Program under the Federal Assistive Technology Act. PATF provides financing opportunities, education, and advocacy for people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians, helping them to acquire assistive technology devices and services that improve the quality of their lives. Contact PATF at (484) 674-0506 or To learn more, visit  Support Our Work   

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