hft smarthouse

Technology can play a key role in supporting people with learning disabilities to increase their independence, safety and quality of life.

Hft’s dedicated Personalised Technology team works with people to listen to the daily challenges they might face, and identifies technological solutions that give them more independence and control – from special plugs that stop a forgotten bath from overflowing, to full telecare systems that keep people safe at home. 

This support is particularly important during the Coronavirus pandemic, when staffing levels can be limited and people might be struggling with social isolation. Personalised technology can play a key role in helping to maintain people’s independence and safety, as well as helping people to stay in touch with family and friends.

How the Virtual Smarthouse can help

The Hft Virtual Smarthouse showcases many of these vital items, demonstrating how technology can discreetly fit into and enhance the quality of people’s lives. The resource has been designed to raise awareness for people with learning disabilities, support staff, families and professionals on the simple, low-cost solutions available and what outcomes this technology can help to deliver. While it does not include all technologies, it can be used as a starting point to consider technological solutions to day to day challenges.

The user navigates around the house and is able to click on various glowing items placed in different areas of the home – for example, at the front door you will find a finger print lock, while anti-flood devices can be found in the bathroom. Selecting an item brings up information about the device, the outcomes it can help to achieve and non-supplier-specific links to where they can be purchased.

To visit the Virtual Smarthouse, visit https://www.hft.org.uk/smarthouse/


Hft is a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible. The charity supports over 2,500 people with disabilities across the country. Hft supports people in all areas of their life: from developing practical skills and connecting them to their community, to helping them to get a job and introducing them to technology that can help them to live as independently as possible. Visit their website for more.