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High-Tech Monitoring Allowing More With Disabilities To Live Alone


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For much of his adult life, Jeremy Collins was heavily supervised in a group home. But today, the 31-year-old with Down syndrome has his own townhouse and is independent 25 percent of the time, all thanks to technology.

Collins’ transition to more independent living was possible because of a system of electronic sensors that help to ensure he is safe when he’s home alone.

Sensors notify a monitoring company if Collins opens the door after 11 p.m. or if he forgets to take his medication, for example. His home is also equipped with other safety features, like a keypad to turn on the stove.

If a possible problem is detected, Collins’ parents or other family and friends are notified so that they can check on him by phone.

For Collins, living independently has offered an opportunity to show off the life skills he worked hard to learn at the group home — like paying his rent on time — his parents say.

It’s also reduced the cost of his care since he needs attendants with him fewer hours of the day.

“This promotes more independence for him, which is a win-win,” Collins’ father told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. To read more click here.

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  1. fairlady68 says:

    This is hopeful for those of us with conditions like high functioning Asperger’s. Not as disabled as this man but it would be a comfort to know that some monitoring could help prolong independence as I age. However, who could I have come and help me? No parents are living; siblings are all out of town. That is why it’s good as much as I can tolerate it to develop some friendships, especially through a church, so there are a few people I can count on to help me in a pinch.

  2. fairlady68 says:

    PS, I recommend you click the “read more” link…I did so after posting my first comment.

  3. says:

    This is fantastic story! Not only am I proud of this young man, but I am also moved to investigate the technology that is making his success possible and hoping that it can be adapted to suit the needs of an aging c5-6 quad seeking more independence.

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