Technology for All: Learn How Alexa Is Helping Self-Advocates Gain Independence June 3, 2024 at 1:15 pm

For the last year, I have been training people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to use technology. People are using Alexa and Siri and Google to remind them of doctor’s and other appointments, listen to music, setting up calendars, using the maps to find and get to places, doing grocery lists, reading their email and text messages and even feeling less lonely through interaction with Alexa and Siri.

There are a lot of recent research articles and task force reports on how states are implementing enabling technology to greatly benefit people in Waiver programs. I am working with Tennessee training people and with Georgia studying their current initiatives.

Some of the recent journal articles are:
Chadwick, 2023. “I would be lost without it but it’s not the same,” experiences of adults with intellectual disabilities of using information & communication technology during the COVID‐19 global pandemic. British Journal of Learning Disabilities.

Donehower, 2022. Using Wireless Technology to Support Social Connectedness in Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Focus Group Study.

Tanis, 7/2021. Anchor Report: Advancing Technology Access for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Perspectives from Intellectual and Developmental Disability Service Providers Across the Nation.

Key Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn how to :
1. use Alexa for Zoom, and operating home devices like lights, temperature.
2. get help with reading, set calendars, and reminders.
3. make calls to friends and family over Alexa.


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