Smart home: tech tips for independent living

Date of webinar: 
18 May 2021 - 13:00

This FREE webinar will take place on 01 June 2021

Technology at home can enable people with disabilities to maintain their independence. You can use your voice to set reminders, turn on lights and to manage your heating and much more.

On June 1, we’ll hear from AbilityNet’s Robin Christopherson about how he’s embraced smart speakers and related skills at home. We’ll also hear from Tech4Good nominee TL Tech about how they’re working with individuals to tailor smart solutions to their needs.

Plus, an occupational therapist shares her experience of building a smart home in Scotland as a real-world testbed for solutions to help people live independent lives.


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Smart tech: tips from an expert user

Robin Christopherson MBE is AbilityNet's Head of Digital inclusion and part of the globally-acclaimed accessibility and tech team of AbilityNet and has spoken at numerous events in recent years. 

Robin is blind but effortlessly enthrals audiences worldwide with deft demonstrations of good and bad practice in website and mobile accessibility.

He is a power user of all types of assistive technology, from smartphones to smart speakers and more.  In this webinar, Robin will share his experience and top tips for making the most of assistive devices, such as setting up Alexa 'skills'.

Given Robin hosts a daily 5 minute skills podcast we're confident there will be plenty of tips to share, and few questions he can't answer.

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TL Tech: empowering individuals through smart technology

Thomas Laurenson is the founder of TL Tech Smart Home Solutions.  Thomas is an expert problem solver, taking a hands-on approach to tasks and looking for creative ways to improve the lives of elderly and disabled people with readily available consumer electronic technology.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Thomas set about creating resources that would help the most vulnerable in our society to adopt smart home technology for themselves to maintain social contact and their wellbeing.

The online support service that Thomas has set up helps to address not only the immediate issue of isolation and shielding but also provides an opportunity for the future of social care by deploying voice assistants more widely which can empower people to maintain their independence.  

We'll hear from Managing Director Caroline Laurenson.

Professional applications: smart technology an O.T's view

Kate Harrison is an Occupational Therapist in East Lothian. She has actively embraced smart home solutions to help a variety of clients and will tell us about the smart home solution in East Lothian.

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What the FREE smart home webinar will cover

In the webinar, we'll hear from experts regarding applications of smart technology for people with a range of impairments:

  • What technology is available at home?
  • How to make the most of assistive technology including smart speakers.
  • How to make the most of your smart speaker.
  • How TL Tech is enabling people with smart technology.
  • Real-world applications for smart technology: an O.T's view.

Webinar FAQs

What if I can't attend the webinar on the day?

Don't worry. Everyone who signs up will receive a link to the slides and the webinar recording after the webinar occurs. You can watch it later.

How much does the webinar cost?

As above, the webinar is part of AbilityNet Live! and is FREE of charge. We also offer paid role-based accessibility training. 

Is the webinar accessible?

The webinar includes captions for those who are hearing-impaired or Deaf, and we will make a transcript available afterwards. We'll also provide a copy of the slide deck, which is accessible.