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Smart Home Technology Research Study

A doctoral student is conducting a series of online or in-person interviews (In-person interviews will be conducted if participant is located within a 4-hour drivable area of Athens, Ohio) with individuals who have severe disabilities and use Smart Home Technology. It is important to examine the impact of Smart Home Technology on the lives of individuals with disabilities. Smart Home Technology is making rapid advances and has the potential to be utilized as a form of assistive technology. This investigation aims to identify individuals with spinal cord injuries who are using Smart Home Technology to gain their opinions and expertise about specific areas of Smart Home Technology. These areas include, what Smart Home Technology they are utilizing, which interface (i.e., direct selection, switch access or voice control) they are using to access it, how long they have been using it, how it has impacted their life, how it was introduced to them and who is funding it.


The results of this investigation will provide professionals with information that will help advance the technology that is universally available to those individuals with disabilities as a form of assistive technology. It also has the potential to create awareness for developers of Smart Home technology and the challenges that need to be overcome for individuals with server disabilities.


Participants will be selected based on the following inclusion criteria:

Be 18 years or older
Diagnosis of C4, C5, C6, C7, C8 or T1, complete or incomplete spinal cord injury
Comprehend sentence level text and independently generate responses to standardized, open-ended interview questions
Have consistent access to email, the Internet and a computer or tablet with webcam in order to consistently engage with the PI
Use at least 3 different forms of Smart Home Technology (i.e., lighting, thermostat, electronic door locks, burglar alarm, smoke/co detector, appliances, generator, etc.) for at least 6 months


If you have questions please contact the researcher at the following email address, cc199016 [at] Thank you for your efforts to help recruit participants.