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DHS news release

March 30, 2006


DHS contacts: Gerald Stolp (503) 945-9785

Joyce Phelps (503) 945-6742


Eugene Research Institute contact: Tom Keating (541) 342-3763

New Web site promotes assistive technology in affordable housing

Assistive technology for seniors and people with disabilities has come a long way from eyeglasses, hearing aids and wheelchairs. Today, assistive technology includes low- and high-tech devices and environmental controls to support individuals with disabilities in achieving greater independence in community housing.

The Eugene Research Institute launched a new Web site  this month to promote the use of technology in affordable housing to help low-income seniors and people with physical and developmental disabilities lead more independent lives and avoid the high cost of home care. The Web site address is: http://www.TechnologyForHousing.org

"New opportunities for persons with disabilities and low income seniors to live more independent lives and be full participants in communities reflect the astoundingly rapid cultural change we are all experiencing," said Gerald Stolp, project co-director for the Oregon Department of Human Services. "This new Web site shares information and takes advantage of new and exciting developments in the application of technology in their home environments."

The Web site is a partnership between the Oregon Department of Human Services and Oregon Housing and Community Services. The site was developed and will be maintained by the Eugene Research Institute through a grant from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The grant is dedicated to making lasting changes to support individuals with disabilities in living more comfortably, with fewer barriers and able to meet their capabilities. Additionally, the grant will provide a focus on reforming outdated services to better facilitate integration of support for housing for people with psychiatric disabilities. Integrating assistive technology in affordable housing will enable people to live more safely, independently and expand services for a higher quality of life.