Inclusive housing: home automation for the disabled

home automation for the disabled

Home automation for the disabled brings great advantages and is a very important aspect today. The possibility of building a smart home increasingly brings everyday solutions for people with physical, motor, hearing, visual, sensory and intellectual impairments or disabilities.

A true smart home should make the lives of those who inhabit it much easier. And that is the goal of home automation. One of the great characteristics of home automation is that it allows the environment to be adapted to the users. This has various advantages that are noticeable when inhabiting the space and stand out especially in cases in which its inhabitants have specific needs that could change their day-to-day lives a lot.


The value of autonomy

For those who have different disabilities, the benefits of home automation are mainly aimed at achieving their autonomy. Although there is still much to do in terms of technological developments to achieve total inclusion, we can highlight how much progress has been made in this regard in recent years to offer resources to people with functional diversity. It is enough to see that there are applications such as TouchChat for the iPad, aimed at creating a complete communication solution for individuals with difficulties using their voice, to see how this trend grows.

Home automation in houses where people with disabilities live is extremely important and, luckily, increasingly adaptable to most budgets. A smart home can provide simple solutions to everyday problems, adding quality of life and comfort.

We know that the possibility of automating the devices present at home or in work spaces, optimizes our daily efforts to improve our quality of life. For people with disabilities, technological attributes can help them strengthen the skills they normally use, allowing them to lead a more independent life. To think of a very concrete and clear example, we can mention technologies based on voice recognition for people with visual disabilities.


Advantages of inclusive home automation

  • Complement capabilities with automation of devices such as phones, touchscreens, or virtual assistants.
  • They reduce risks that can be caused by the manipulation of devices with components that may pose a danger.
  • They provide an environment of comfort and safety.


Home automation for hearing disabilities

Through sounds, we inform ourselves and we also alert ourselves. This sense is especially important in the field of security: we listen if a person with whom we live arrives, but also some strange sound can indicate that someone broke into the property.

This is often a problem for people with low or no hearing. One solution that home automation offers is the use of wall-mounted touch screens. These will not only allow the user to control functions such as air conditioning and lighting, they will also function as visible alarms for those who have hearing difficulties.

An expert in home automation will be in charge of programming these devices so that they respond to the particular needs of each user. What are the alarms that will be relevant? How can we generate connectivity with the different devices? These questions are the ones that must be answered to design the home automation system.


Home automation for motor and physical disabilities

In today’s home automation, voice-commanded devices are the absolute protagonists. Today it is almost impossible to think of a smart home without them. This becomes even more important when they are oriented to assist people who are not mobile and spend a great deal of time in bed during the day.

The possibility of staying connected and at ease provided by the smart speakers that great brands provide in coexistence with home automation, really changes the living experience for these people.

The commands dictated by voice can be converted into commands in the different devices such as light, blinds, audio, air conditioning, etc. You can even generate “scenes”, cross-sectional configurations to all these devices, to define a night environment (with lights off or dim and blinds lowered) one during the day and as many as necessary for each user.


Home automation for the visually impaired

In this case, again, voice commands are the key to solving accessibility issues. Smartphones have us used to using them to send or receive messages and even to offer assisted reading, but in a home automation system it can work for all kinds of activities, such as opening and closing doors.

Smart locks allow synchronization with the mobile and are an example of how systems can give the user total control over the home helping to solve problems.


Towards a more inclusive home: home automation for the disabled

As defined by the United Nations (UN), disabilities are considered as such based on the environments that surround them. This means that each action taken in order to generate accessibility situations means an opening of opportunities. Hand in hand with inclusive architecture and a humanistic interior design, the focus changes in homes to offer better solutions and comfort.

The technology of a smart home will not only provide autonomy to people with disabilities, it can also bring great peace of mind to their companions, since it can communicate any irregularity, avoiding dangerous incidents. Using portable technology, you can quickly communicate with the emergency services, but also with a family member if you detect that someone is not responding or that they have had a problem.


How can we help you?

At Manuel Torres Design we have a team of specialists with more than 17 years of experience in solutions for the control of homes, offices, hotels and businesses. We develop smart spaces with the most advanced and innovative solutions, offering endless possibilities thanks to the latest generation technology and according to the needs and budget of the user. All our projects are governed by our rigor, excellence, innovation, exclusivity, creativity and functionality. Our priority? Always stay one step ahead and be at the forefront of design, innovation, technology and home automation.

Contact us to schedule your design session so that we can advise you on any of our services without any commitment.


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