Families & Self-Advocates

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Utilize technology to increase self-sufficiency and promote independence.

People with disabilities will live, play, and work increasingly individualized and independent lives in mainstream communities. The question is how supportive services will be enhanced, changed, adapted, or even minimized based on individual needs and goals to achieve this independence.

The answer is technology. Today’s world is filled with many new and exciting technologies—many geared towards making life simpler and easier. These same technologies are being utilized to help increase independence and assist in daily tasks for people living with disabilities.

Safety and Security

Technology is only as good as the plan in place. Individuals, families, providers, and case managers collaborate to create a solution that provides the right level of support. The team will collectively decide which options work best for their situation and comfort level. Technology supports are not all or nothing. Solutions range from medication reminders to remote supervision systems. Many options can be implemented in phases over time to ensure the system put in place works as expected and the desired results are achieved.


Many simple options exist that can help with daily tasks. Low-cost phone applications are able to help with reminders, and personal home assistants (such as Amazon Echo and Google Home) can help program lights, music, and more. From these consumer-based technologies to remote support system integration, technology has amazing potential to increase independence.

With so many options available, it can be a little overwhelming. The Technology Resource Center provides the information needed to make an informed decision.

Begin the process to:

  • Find the technology option that’s right for those living with disabilities
  • Learn about safety and security
  • Discover available options

The Conversation

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Adding technology support starts with a conversation. Individuals, families, providers, and case managers should discuss in further detail which technology solutions are available and how they can be used.

Start the conversation

The Planning

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Review best practices and frequently asked questions for putting a good plan in place.

Begin Planning

The Funding

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Find out what funding is available and how to qualify.

Seek funding

The Implementation

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Learn about the installation process from start to finish to know what to expect; then, work with providers and vendors on technology setup and use.

Implement technology

The Measurement

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Gauge success and ensure everything is working as expected.

Measure success