CLARKSON resident Jessica Rigden saw the results of her scholarship studies with the recent opening of the Independent Living Centre (ILC) and Smart Home Display in Cockburn.
The occupational therapist received the 2015 Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) scholarship earlier this year.
Her aim was to develop knowledge and skills around smart home technology to support people with disability and the ageing population to provide more control and safety, allowing them to live more independently.
Ms Rigden helped set up the Cockburn centre where people can see high and low level assistive echnologies in anapartment-style living environment.
She said smart home technology was becoming more affordable and could help solve control and accessibility obstacles in everyday life.
“Home automation is an area that can make a big difference to an individual’s safety, independence and ability to remain at home,” she said.
“Because assistive technology keeps developing at such a fast pace, people often aren’t aware of what products are available.
“The ILC has up-to-date knowledge about the latest smart home products to suit individuals with a range of abilities and needs.”
ILC executive director Gerri Clay said the studies Ms Rigden undertook influenced the set-up of their centre, which would benefit thousands of Perth residents. For more visit ilc.com.au.