Thursday, March 3, 2022

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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Description: Amazon Echo, Ring doorbell, smart cameras, and smart lighting… there is a lot of buzz around smart home devices, but how do you know which ones will work for you? Hear from three people with disabilities as they discuss how smart home technology is helping them to live safer and more independently.

We will discuss:

  • How they identified which smart home devices to get.
  • Who assisted them in the process of identifying the devices.
  • How they funded the purchase of those devices.
  • How were the devices installed.
  • What is working for them.
  • What problems have they encountered.
  • What devices they plan to add next.

This webinar will provide valuable information for individuals with disabilities, their families and supporting professionals on how to best support people with disabilities in implementing smart home technology for safer and more independent living.
Plenty of time will be left for questions and discussion at the end.


  • Michael Anderson, Smart Home Technology User and Legislative Advocate at The Arc of Philadelphia
  • Alexa Brill, Smart Home Technology User and Social Media and Website Manager at The Arc of Pennsylvania
  • George Russo, Smart Home Technology User and Assistive Technology Assistance at Easterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Laura Slotkoff, Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Specialist, Easterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Susan Tachau, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation

This webinar is hosted by Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) as part of the Smart Homes Made Simple project. Learn more about the project at

This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council; in part by grant number 2101PASCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, 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.


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