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The Imagine! SmartHome for Adults with Cognitive Disabilities
Smart Homes within Smart Communities: Lessons For Developing Countries On The Inclusive Integration Of Adaptive Technologies, Alternative Energy And Efficiency Management Systems For Assisted Living

  • Washington, D.C., USA
  • April 2, 2009 
  • The World Bank
  • Sponsored by HDNSP Disability & Development Team, Global Environment Facility, ISG Accessibility Program

Pre-registration  is  required. To register, please write to Saori
Kakihara at SKakihara@worldbank.org.    Request   for  disability  accommodation  should be submitted by Friday, March 27, 2009.

The  Imagine!  SmartHome's  mission is to provide dynamic, long-term care living environments  for  adults  with  cognitive  disabilities,  within  highly energy efficient  housing  facilities.  The  energy  efficient  components consist of a geothermal system to regulate indoor air temperature using an underground piping system, while a solar-thermal system will provide hot water and heat. A solar PV system  will  generate  electricity  and  be net-metered. The load management is based  on  Infotility/GridAgents  assisted  technologies  to regulate load usage though out the year.

The  SmartHome's  above  mentioned  alternative energy and efficiency management system  will internally coordinate assistive and adaptive technology, bio-metric technology,  radio  frequency identification (RFID) technology, data collection, and   pattern   recognition   technology.  These technologies enhance the communication  and  motility  of adults with cognitive disabilities. While these technologies  have  been implemented by Imagine! and have been used in a variety of  ?smart?  residential settings, they have not been integrated in an inclusive manner.  The  SmartHome  will  focus  on outcomes to benefit: 1) individuals and their  families; 2) frontline care staff, managers and administrators; 3) health care providers who work with individuals who have parallel care patterns such as those  with  autism,  acquired  brain  injury,  Alzheimer's and dementia, and 4) quality assurance and governance.

Joshua Putterman
Joshua  is  President  of JPIA, an international development finance consultancy and  he  is  considered a specialist in international law, political economy and international  development  finance  instruments  such as grants, loans and bank participations.  His  firm is an authorized service provider listed on the World Bank's  Carbon  Finance  website. He has authored several publications on topics ranging from international political economy, to the use of qualitative analysis in  energy  sector  economics  in  sources  such  as  the Financial Times, World Competition  and  contributed  to  various  McGraw  Hill/Platts  and  World Bank publications.

Greg Wellems
Greg is directing the SmartHomes initiative for Imagine!, and is responsible for the  development  of  many innovative programs to better meet the needs of those with  cognitive  and  developmental  disabilities.  As  a nationally recognized leader  in  incorporating  technologies into supportive services for people with developmental  disabilities, Greg has also led the way in creating MedSupport, a web-based medication administration tracking system that is currently being used by  23  service  providers  in  six  states,  and NetLearning, a web-based staff training module currently being used by five providers in the state of Colorado.