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What is Alexa?

Alexa is a digital assistant that can be voice controlled through a smart speaker or smart phone. Using Alexa is as simple as asking a question.

You can use an Alexa device to play music, set alarms and timers, find out the weather, traffic conditions, sports scores for your favourite teams, manage to-do lists, control smart home devices and much more.

For people living with sight loss an Alexa device can be a fantastic way of finding out information as you don't need to use buttons or on-screen controls to use it.

All you need to do is ask the question "Alexa what is the weather today?" or "Alexa what time is it?" and she will reply with the information you require.

How to use voice commands with Alexa

Additional Support

For any additional support with your Alexa device please contact AbilityNet. AbilityNet provide support for older people and people living with a disability.

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How can I receive an Alexa device on free loan?

In order to receive an Alexa device on free loan you must meet the following criteria.

  • Have access to the internet at home
  • Have an Amazon account
  • Have support at home to assist with setting up the Alexa device
  • Have access to a Smart Phone or Tablet

As with all our equipment, you must also meet the following criteria:

  • Resident in the UK
  • Registered or registerable Severely Sight Impaired (SSI) or Sight Impaired (SI)
  • Over the age of eight
  • Receive Personal Independent (PIP) / Attendance Allowance (AA) or Adult Disability Payment (ADP) in Scotland or receives a means-tested benefit (or parent/guardian if under 18).

If you or someone you know is eligible to receive an Alexa device on free permanent loan please use the Alexa Loan Form to make a referral

For a guide to setting up an Alexa Echo device please use the links below:

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