Kentucky to Lend Out Smart Phone Technology to Individuals with Paralysis

The My New Kentucky Smart Home program will lend out smart phone technology to assist people who have paralysis to gain greater independence. Over a three month period the smart-home kits will be distributed out so individuals with paralysis can start automating different functions in their homes. Each kit includes a Google Home or Amazon Alexa device along with smart lights  and outlets, motion sensors and carbon monoxide detectors.  When the loans period comes to an end, the Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network will assist people get funding to buy personal equipment. The program is made possible by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which recently gave the state a $75,000 grant for smart-home technology. The new program is currently estimated to be able to assist 65 people at a given time. The starter kits cost between $1,000 to $1,500.

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