Portland Charity

Maples Bungalow – Developing Independence through Maples SMARTHome Project

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Many young people face barriers to independent living after Portland due to the lack of accessible homes. This project aims to remove as many of these barriers as possible through innovative use of technology.

The first phase trials voice-activated technology which enables users to make simple adaptations to their own homes so they can live more independently. Key features in phase one of our Maples SMARTHome trial have been linked to Alexa and Bixby technology to enable people to control many elements of daily living, increasing their independence.

 

“I enjoyed developing my independence in Maples and practiced these skills at home. I enjoyed helping my friends. I enjoyed asking Alexa to give me a recipe with ingredients that we had. The SMARTHome supports all levels of disabilities and I wish we had these things at home so I can be more independent.”

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