The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which aims to improve quality of life for people living with paralysis, has teamed up with Google Nest – the internet giant’s smart home devices arm.

Google Nest will provide up to 100,000 free Google Home Minis to the Reeve Foundation for individuals and families in the US impacted by paralysis, to enhance quality of life at home.

The devices enable people living with paralysis to control simple tasks within their home with their voice.

With compatible devices installed, they can also use their voice to turn on lights, turn up the thermostat and check who is at the door.

Rebecca Laming, VP of marketing and communications at the foundation said: “We live in a world where technology has unlocked unforeseen possibilities for individuals living with paralysis.

“However, even the best ideas can gather dust unless the right partners – community and industry – work together to bring them to life. We are grateful to Google Nest for their commitment to work with the Reeve Foundation and restore independence for people living with paralysis.”

The arrangement was announced on the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

All US-based members of the Reeve Foundation community living with paralysis and their caregivers will receive a free Google Home Mini while supplies last.

As part of the partnership, select members of the paralysis community served as pilot testers and integrated Google Nest products throughout their home.

Among them was Garrison Redd, whosustained a spinal cord injury as a result of gun violence when he was a teenager. He is currently training as a powerlifter with hopes of competing at the upcoming Paralympic Games as part of Team USA.

He features in the video below.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s long-term goal is to cure spinal cord injury by funding innovative research.

It also aims to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

In a recent interview with NR Times, Christopher Reeve’s son Matthew set out the charity’s vision for a world without wheelchairs. You can read more here.

Meanwhile, mainstream smart devices are transforming life for people with disability, as we report here.

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