When building and designing a new access friendly home for people with disability, many challenges arise that present an opportunity to discover innovative solutions.
One that arose near the end of the development, was how residents would travel in and out of the complex through security gates. Restrictions such as limited mobility or anxiety trying to remember a 4 digit password/swipe card meant that different access methods may be required.
The solutions needed to be simple and individual to each residents needs.
Smart phones can be helpful as assistive technology these days, however, not all residents own or are able to use a smart phone.
Rocky Bay’s Assistive Technology Advanced Clinician, Kelvin Kong was invited to contribute his thoughts on solutions in the initial stages then resident’s Team Leader, Lorraine Nitsch made final decisions on the best solution for each new resident.
Danny lives with cerebral palsy and has limited mobility. The solution that Danny and Team Leader, Lorraine Nitsch chose was a proximity reader for his chair. So when Danny and his chair comes within a range of the sensor, the door will open and close automatically.
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