As part of our Smart Homes Made Simple program, we’re continuing to talk with people with disabilities who use smart home devices so they can live more independently.

In this captioned video, Alexa shows us around her home and demonstrates how she uses smart home technology. Alexa talks with Susan Tachau, PATF’s Chief Innovation Officer, about her devices.

Alexa controls many of her smart devices with the Alexa app on her phone, as well as using voice commands to raise and lower blinds, open and close the front door, and turn the lights or fan on and off.

Alexa lives in Cumberland County and works for the ARC of Pennsylvania as the Social Media Manager.

Top Five Funding Sources for Smart Home Technology:

  1. Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF)
  2. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
  3. Home and Community-Based Services Waiver programs (HCBS)
  4. Private Funding Resources (Grants)
  5. PA ABLE Account

To learn more about funding assistive technology, call or email PATF for a copy of Funding Your Assistive Technology: A Guide to Funding Resources in Pennsylvania, or download a copy at The Guide is available in 508 compliant PDF and in Spanish.

A special thanks to Alexa!

This project is funded by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

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