Webinar: Smart Homes as Assistive Technology 101

Program Description

Amazon Echo and Google Home "Smart Speakers"Recorded: October 2, 2019 – “Smart Speakers” (Amazon Echo, Google Home, etc.) are becoming more and more prevalent in homes, however most people don’t realize the true potential of these devices, especially when combined with connected environmental control devices throughout the home. Marketing for many of these devices fail to show how powerful they can be in the hands of people with disabilities.

Join Ben Jacobs as he shows how to unlock the full potential of these solutions, shares strategies for starting a smart home, which devices to consider, and some uses for environmental controls you might not normally consider.

Learning Objectives:

Following the webinar attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the best implementation strategies to increase long term adoption of smart home technologies.
  • Customize voice commands for smart speakers to increase ease of access for the user.
  • Identify recommended environmental control devices for several tasks associated with independent living.


Ben Jacobs is an expert in smart home technology, assistive technology solutions, and other emerging technologies. Ben is a retired USAF Staff Sergeant who served as a Technology Controller. Upon retirement, Ben joined Georgia’s Assistive Technology Team, Tools for Life, at Georgia Tech as their Accommodations Specialist. There he trained his teammates and advised the public on emerging and commercially available technologies that could be leveraged by people with disabilities to be more independent. Ben now owns his own business, RebelTech Consulting, where he provides organizations and individuals with training, installation, customization, and continued support on available and upcoming technological solutions.



Photo credit: Image licensed through Creative Commons by Mttomoki. CC BY-SA 4.0

rev: 10/15/2019