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Accessibility Minute - Assistive Technology Tips and Tricks for Everyone

Apr 29, 2022

Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools, and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing, or other special needs!

Over the years we've talked about several smart thermostats.  Did you know Amazon now has their very own?  The Amazon Smart Thermostat gives you the power to control your HVAC system using your voice!

The thermostat itself doesn't have any built-in speakers, so it requires an Alexa-enabled device to work.  You can also control the thermostat at home or on the go via the Alexa app!

Other features include:

  • The Amazon Smart Thermostat is an easy way to switch from a traditional thermostat and help reduce energy usage
  • You can install the thermostat yourself in 45 minutes or less!  Simply follow the step-by-step instructions in the Alexa app to get started

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I'd like to take a moment to thank InTRAC, the Indiana Telephone Relay Access Corporation for sponsoring our transcript today.  You can find out more about InTRAC at

That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.