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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The Conference is attended by passionate leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.
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Friday, December 6 • 4:25pm - 5:15pm
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People are making their homes “smart” by using technology. In doing this, the most mundane tasks are becoming accessible thru the use of web-based programs and apps for iPhones or Android platforms. People can save money using lights that use less electricity; they can control the temperature in their homes by pressing a button in an app on their phone or tablet; they can see who has come to their door by looking at their phone. Because these controls are convenient, easy, and gaining in popularity, companies are actively designing new ways to give people even more control of their environment with their phones or tablets. With that being said, an unexpected result of this “smart” technology has occurred. In making controls for everyday tasks accessible on phones or tablets, companies are making them accessible to people with disabilities and creating opportunities for those individuals to have more independence in daily life. As these apps and appliances/modules become more popular and universally available, their cost lowers and this makes them more obtainable for those with disabilities who, in the past, needed to spend hundreds of dollars to purchase and use environmental controls (ECUs). With the technology that is available today, a person can control anything with a simple modification and the modifications are cost effective. In this presentation, I will talk about ways that people with disabilities can convert their home into a “smart” home. As a person with a disability, I have personal experience in living and growing through the changes in technology that allow me to control my environment more cost-effectively and simply. I will share my journey to converting my own home into a smart one and the issues that arose in the process and how those were resolved. I will discuss how to pick the right devices to use based on purpose, need and efficiency. Resources will be shared for those interested in setting up their own “smart” home.

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Christopher Lenart

Disability Awareness
I am Chris Lenart and am a blogger and a public speaker. I am currently in Partners in Policymaking in Illinois (2019-2020). I was a programmer analyst at HSBC (1994-2009). In 2008, I received my Master's degree in Software Engineering from DePaul University.

Friday December 6, 2019 4:25pm - 5:15pm MST
Meeting Room: Deer 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226