What if you could control your heating without leaving your lounge, or switch your lights on at the touch of a button? Most smart homes are controlled through mobile phones, meaning that they can be managed from absolutely anywhere. You could turn your oven on when you’re leaving work, so that your food is cooked when you get home. When you’re on holiday, you can occasionally switch your TV on to give the illusion that you’re at home. You can program smart phones to act automatically when you’re within a certain radius. If you want the oven to switch on when you’re three miles from home, or would like the heating to switch on just after you’ve left work, then you can program in these requests. Everyone can benefit from smart home technology, but for wheelchair users this technology represents an increasing level of freedom. When you control your house with your phone, you don’t need to move around it as much. For people without speech, this smart technology becomes even more beneficial. Controls on your mobile phone will allow you to open the curtains without moving from your bed, or to start the process of cooking breakfast whilst you’re still styling your hair. You can run a bath as you finish dinner, without even leaving the table. Smart technologies can provide a level of independence that some people without speech could not otherwise experience. You can also use your phone to help with physical navigation. At the push of a button, a ramp can drop down from your front door. There are no limitations, thanks to an ever-increasing range of smart products on the market.