Amazon echo show! Are they worth it for the less able?





Why use the Amazon Echo series


The use of electrical equipment for ease of life is amazing. It can give the freedom of independence to those of us who have less independence. Due to lack of agility and time saving for the able-bodied. The use of the Amazon Echo series and Google dot series has started to be the norm in homes.


I have a couple of amazon echo show indoors and love them. I also have the Google dot in the house but I don’t personally use them all the time.


What is an Amazon Echo Show?




An Amazon Echo Show is part of the Amazon Alexa system. It can show things as well as be a way of setting a timer or alarm. Listening to books through audible on there as well as perhaps watching a movie while cooking dinner. It helps with cooking too by showing a recipe step by step with pictures or even a video. There are different sizes too. I have the 10inch one in the kitchen and a 7inch one in the bedroom.


Why have one?


For anyone who has a disability and the inability to turn lights on or off or has limited ability to do things for themselves. these can do them giving that person a sense of freedom. Each of the reasons I mentioned in the previous paragraph, some are listed below and more



  1. Setting a timer

  2. Setting an alarm

  3. Videos

  4. Audible books

  5. Recipes

  6. Movies

  7. Radio shows

  8. Podcasts




As well as


  1. Setting the thermostat for the central heating

  2. Turn the lights on or off

  3. TVs on and off

  4. Turning entertainment systems on or off.


added extras. These are the things that most people take for granted, that we with disabilities sometimes find difficult or cannot do ourselves.


My reasons for having one!

  1. Listen to podcasts.

  2. Listen to Spotify

  3. Listen to a book at bedtime for a set time, so I can fall asleep listening.

  4. Set an alarm to get up.

  5. Use for a recipe while cooking if I am not sure what comes next.

  6. Setting a timer for cooking.



Reasons for not having one:


Reasons for not having one would be very few for me. That would be to able to get the recipe from a book or actually reading a book rather than listening to it. Make the effort to actually put the lights on when they are needed.


My views on them!


I have already hinted at my feelings on having one. That is that they are a lifesaver. Different things are always being added so new things that help save time. Or independence as a disabled person are always in need of independence no matter how big or small a step it is. I


I find it very hard to fall asleep without listening to a book so this is one of the main reasons for having one upstairs. Downstairs I love being able to listen to a book or music and even podcasts while I write my posts for here. If I’m stuck on part of a recipe that I would normally remember then I would double-check the recipe on there. I also set timers for cooking.


Having cerebral palsy can be a hindrance with reading because the weight of the book can make it too heavy, for me to hold. So I prefer listening to them.



The options then?


The freedom of having one is absolutely amazing for me as the amount of independence has been increased. I don’t think I could live without one now as it really helps my freedom.


What Now


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