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About the Training One of the requirements of each Assistive Technology Act Program is to provide training in at least one of the areas of Information and Communication Technology. To start this endeavor, we will first be addressing electronic document accessibility.  Thanks to Minnesota’s State AT Act program, MN STAR, and the MN State Office of…

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Thanks to Possibility Makers like you and your Giving Hearts Day donations last year, Kemo, Shirley, Mark, John, Myron, Cathy, and 26 other people received assistive technology (AT) through the Possibilities Fund to help them live fuller, safer, more independent lives.  From March 2018-February 2019, the funds raised provided equipment such as: An assistive listening…

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Last Summer at Camp Grassick I was introduced to Mickey Teubner.  He had recently moved back to North Dakota and was attending ND Association of the Blind’s weeklong camp.  I soon learned that Mickey who is blind is very computer savvy and was looking for a refreshable Braille device. I told him about one of ND…

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Dual Sensory Project and iCanConnect: Resources for North Dakotans Who are Deaf-Blind This week’s blog is going to cover two programs in North Dakota which affect those with vision and hearing loss.  It seems to me that people with this dual sensory impairment or those working with this group often don’t realize that there is…

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  What is HERO? HERO stands for Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization. We do healthcare supplies. Affordably. HERO collects and distributes donated healthcare equipment and supplies at low or no cost to benefit those in need locally and globally. Our mission is to provide access to affordable healthcare equipment and supplies for all, through the collection…

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As more and more people are moving from landline telephones to cellphones, we experience a subsequential increase in the question: “How can I make my cellphone louder?” Through this blog we will explore 3 different ways to make your cellphone louder. These devices will increase the volume of your cellphone without the use of hearing…

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Using electronic applications “apps” on an iPad can be a great solution for a student who needs additional support in their educational journey.  Educational apps can provide an ideal transition from school to home, promoting greater learning.  However, searching and trying to find an app that will be the right one or beneficial to the…

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Name:  Gerri Sarsten Started at ND Assistive:  November 2018 Hometown:  Laurel, Montana (Home of the Locomotives!) Job Title:  Administrative Assistant – Mandan Office Family:  I am married to Kraig and we have 3 fantastic sons. Layn (22) is a student at Minot State, Zak (20) works for Standing Rock EMS and is a student at…

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Here in North Dakota, we sound a little like the Starks of Winterfell, “Winter is coming.” Winter comes every year and with it snow, and ice, and more snow, and more ice. In Fargo, and for much of the surrounding region, the last week of 2018 went out with a bang, or should I say…

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The POWER of assistive technology to change a life and provide lifelong benefits was never more evident than in the story of Hannah.  In 2007 at age 15, she was involved in a car accident and acquired a severe traumatic brain injury. She could no longer walk, talk, or even hold up her head. After…

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