A web-based virtual house is making it easier for people with disability to explore options for greater independence in their homes. Ability House is a Practical Design Fund project developed by Ability Technology. It enables people to explore options for controlling appliances and facilities at home, through the use of computer and home control technology.
‘To develop a new vision for themselves and embrace new options, people need access to information in a way that enlarges their thinking,’ says Dr Graeme Smith of Ability Technology, a non-profit organisation based in Sydney.
‘But home control technology can be very technical and people “don’t know what they don’t know”. We saw a virtual house as an opportunity to provide a new pathway for people to intuitively explore options in this area,’ he says.