Learners have access to technology to increase independence by controlling their surroundings
The technology to control the environment has become mainstream now, increasing affordability, availability and usability. For some users specialist equipment may still be the best option.
When choosing a device the access of learners must first be considered. Should access be from a communication aid, a remote control or voice? This will change the requirements and the suitability of certain options. Speech Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy services will often be the first post of call when considering these options.
Some of the most common items to be controlled in this way are:
- Doors & Windows,
- Curtains & blinds
- Heaters & fans
Learners have access to technology that will help them cope with mental health issues
The NHS also provides an app to order repeat prescriptions called Echo
Technology to organise travel
Learners have access to technology that will help them to make journeys and help them to find their location
Common tools such as Google Maps and Apple Maps can help learners to navigate, especially with features such as location sharing and highlighting important places. Uber can help learners with a text based system for ordering taxis and ability to track using GPS
Tap2Text on Android is an example of a visual text messaging app that can pre-populate messages ready for you to send. There are tools like this that can also give location details.
Many local areas have their own accessible travel apps so this is worth checking too.
Technology to organise finances
Learners have access to technology that will help them manage their finances
Disabilities can make money management a challenge at times. Scope has created a video about accessible banking services including details of apps.
For some learners paying with a mobile phone or wearable device can increase safety and ease of use.
Technology for leisure
Learners have access to technology that will improve their enjoyment of life while being sociable