A teen-ager in Melbourne is showing how technology can help improve the lives of the disabled. Bree Synot, a 16-year-old with osteogenesis imperfect (or brittle bones) used to shuttle between two wheelchair-friendly respite homes to get the caring she needs. Thanks to the support of the non-profit Summer Foundation, however, Bree has found a new home that uses internet technology to facilitate some basic functions and abilities that many disabled would otherwise have difficulty performing on their own.
As reported in The Age, “Thanks to her iPad app connected to her home’s locks, airconditioning and blinds, she could let visitors in without moving from her bed, the couch or her chair. On one occasion she was able to let a support worker into her apartment from her hospital bed.”