Pitt Secures $4.6m to Develop Smart Solutions for the Disabled

Presently life can be daunting for those of us living with disabilities. From the wheelchair bound to any number of other disabilities, managing everyday life represents an ongoing struggle often requiring support from others.  Severe healthcare support labor shortages compound the problem as many behavioral health and mental health as well as nursing home facilities report capacity challenges due to staff shortages.  Technology will increasingly be necessary to overcome what is only a compounding problem during the age of COVID.  So where and when possible, why not use voice commands and digitally responsive smart devices—much like we do today in cars, homes and in officers to help people with disabilities?  Is it possible to leverage every day wireless technology for example to improve the ability of the disabled to control their own environment and quality of life?  While the technology is now here, unfortunately, the implementation of such systems to support the disabled remains problematic. However, a new $4.6 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services , through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and the Admin...

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