Virtual Smarthouse to help you find out about assistive technology

Virtual Smarthouse to help you find out about assistive technology

National learning disabilities charity, Hft, is encouraging people to explore its online ‘Smarthouse’ which showcases assistive technology that can be used around the home.

Assistive technology such as easy remote controls and fall detectors are explained on Hft’s Virtual Smarthouse. All the devices can help to improve people’s independence and safety.

The resource has been designed to raise awareness for people with learning disabilities, support staff, families and providers. It takes you through the simple, low-cost technology available and what outcomes this technology can help to deliver.

You can navigate around the house, and by clicking on various glowing items in different areas of the home, you can find out more about that device. For example, at the front door is a fingerprint lock, while anti-flood devices can be found in the bathroom.

Selecting an item brings up information about the technology, how it can help and non-supplier specific links to where it can be purchased.

Hft is a national charity supporting over 2,500 adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible. Technology can play a key role in supporting people with learning disabilities to increase their independence, safety and quality of life.

Emma Nichols, Personalised Technology Manager at Hft, said: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, where in some circumstances staffing levels are limited, technology can play a key role in helping people. It can help support them safely at home or enable them to keep in touch with family and friends. Our Smarthouse is a great starting point to find out what technological solutions there are to help day to day challenges.”

To find out more about the Virtual Smarthouse, visit

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