9 types of tech people with disabilities need

Man with a developmental disability looking at a home automation tablet

For many, smart technology is about convenience, or trying out the latest gadget. But for people with developmental disabilities, smart tech can be a critical part of their everyday lives by increasing accessibility, enabling independence, promoting safety and security, and so much more.

These are just a handful of devices and technologies that can help people with disabilities thrive—but the possibilities are virtually limitless.

1. Smart speakers

Sure, Alexa is great for setting timers or for getting the weather update. But that’s not all she can do.

2. Safety and security

Living independently is an important goal for many people with disabilities. And these safety features can help make that goal a reality while providing peace of mind.

3. Lighting

Things like smart lighting can be a major boon for people who use wheelchairs or need assistance with mobility. Imagine being able to turn off all the lights from anywhere in the house without having to get up!

4. Transition living skills

Smart appliances like a washer/dryer or a Roomba are a bigger financial investment, but the support they provide for independent living can be priceless.

5. Medication dispensers

Honestly, who among us couldn’t benefit from a reminder to take our meds? This handy device even takes it a step further.

6. Buttons

Versatile and affordable, buttons can be programmed to do a host of things in your home, making them an accessible option with a ton of applications. The only limit is your imagination!

7. Sensors

Like buttons, sensors are kind of a blank slate—in a good way. Here are a few ways we’ve found them useful. How do you think they could work for you?

8. Home environment

Smart thermostats and blinds are a convenient option for almost anyone, but again, for people who need assistance with mobility, being able to manage your environment without having to get up is a game-changer.

9. Smart TV

Whether you’re on the 24/7 news channel or relaxing with reality TV, binging your favorite shows has never been more accessible.

(Psst—looking for new shows to watch? We’ve collected some of the best shows and movies featuring actors with disabilities!)