Occupational Therapy

Smart Home Technology for Invacare Wheelchairs

Access to Smart Home Technology Using Invacare Wheelchair Controllers - A Collaboration between the Cleveland State University Occupational Therapy Program and Invacare Corporation.

Glenn picture

"It was a BIG DEAL getting Tecla. With being connected to technology, there is so much I can do independently. Even if it is little, like banking. Tecla is one of the single most important devices in my life."

Meet Carolyn A Testimony from the TECLA Website- (The Recommended Interface between Invacare Wheelchair Controllers and Smart Home Technologies)


Cleveland State University’s Occupational Therapy Program has collaborated since 2016 with Invacare Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of wheelchairs, to develop a user-friendly database for you to search accessible Electronic Aides for Daily Living (EADL's) to help you control your home environment.

Performing daily activities within the home can become difficult after injury or illness. Controlling one’s home environment can become almost impossible after a loss of function, from the confines of a wheelchair, or a combination of both. EADL's provide individuals faced with these challenges assistance in maintaining independence by giving them alternative methods to effectively control and monitor their home environment. EADL's are currently being used to control door locks, window shades, safety alerts, temperature, appliances and TV's. They also control electronic furniture, methods of communication, and a variety of other devices.

We have compiled a list of EADL's related to door and window locks, garage door systems, smoke alarms, smartphones, televisions, and other home security devices for you to browse. Click on the link below to access our web page.


Legal Disclaimers

This project was conducted by a Faculty member of the CSU OT Program and 4 research groups (17 students from the classes of 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021). Not all products were completely field tested and actual functionality varies depending upon operating systems of the phone, tablet, or other mobile device used as an interface between the wheelchair controller and the smart home technologies.

All content on the Cleveland State University Occupational Therapy website is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between the University and any person or entity.

Information on official CSU websites is subject to change without prior notice. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, Cleveland State University makes no guarantees of any kind.

The Cleveland State University Occupational Therapy Program website page entitled, "Access to Smart Home Technology Using Invacare Wheelchair Controllers," may contain information that is created and maintained by a variety of sources both internal and external to the University. These external sites may include unmoderated forums containing the personal opinions and other expressions of the persons who post the entries. Cleveland State University does not control, monitor or guarantee the information contained in these sites or information contained in links to other external websites, and does not endorse any views expressed or products or services offered therein. In no event shall Cleveland State University be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services available on or through any such site or resources.

Any links to external Web sites and/or non-Cleveland State University information provided on the Occupational Therapy Program web page entitled, "Access to Smart Home Technology Using Invacare Wheelchair Controllers," or returned from university web search engines are provided as a courtesy. Postings or links shall not be construed as an endorsement by the Cleveland State University of the content or views of any materials on this site or linked sites.