Helping physically disabled people become more independent is the goal of a new Smart House in Guilderland unveiled Tuesday. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Jon Dougherty introduces us to a young woman who's moving in and hoping to break down barriers.
GUILDERLAND, NY -- Nicole Scanu had a smile ear to ear Tuesday. It's mostly because she's moving into her new house this week.
"It's a great house," she said.
The 27-year-old is physically disabled and communicates by matching letters and symbols on a computer.
Scanu is one of six people moving into the new Smart House.
Living Resources, a non-profit organization based in Albany, cut the ribbon on the brand new $650,000 state-of-the-art home Tuesday.
Living Resources officials said it was the first of its kind in New York State. It lifts barriers that physically and intellectually disabled people experience on a day-to-day basis.
The house will be the new home for Kathy and Patrick Curran's 25-year-old daughter Caitlin.
"I feel like this is going to be an opportunity for her and for us to be able to bring her forward," Kathy said.
There will still be help for the housemates on a day-to-day basis but for minor things like turning on and off lights, there's an APP for that.
Lights, blinds, TVs and more are all connected to a system that can be controlled on an iPad.
"Those are really simple for a lot of people, but for a kid like Caitlin they are profound breakthroughs in terms of how she can live her life so were excited for those opportunities," Patrick said.
House Manager Joy Coyne said by giving the housemates more control it will improve their quality of life.
"They're going to feel better about themselves and have more self-confidence and feel like they can do more," said Coyne.
The home will mostly run off solar power and has features like lower counters, sinks, and light switches that are easily accessible.
Living Resources said it hopes to build more Smart Houses in the future.
To learn more visit www.livingresources.org .