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The North Dakota Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Service (TEDS) is designed to provide free specialized telephones and accessories to ND residents with severe hearing, vision, speech, cognitive or physical disabilities who have difficulty using standard telephones and who qualify financially. Communication on the phone is an essential tool for routine daily activities.  For persons who may…

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Lately, I’ve experienced an upsurge in requests for assistive technology apps for math. Keep in mind these are not apps to teach someone how to do math. Although assistive technology can help someone learn, it is not a learning resource. Instead, these are math apps that can address a specific ability to preform math as a…

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Now for our sexiest topic yet! Alternatives to traditional toileting! If you find that you or your loved one need additional assistance with toileting beyond the options discussed in our Safety and Independence in the Bathroom blog, explore the options below. Ready, aim… Oftentimes aiming into the toilet can become an issue for gentlemen with…

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Today, March 27th, 2019 is the first-ever National Assistive Technology Awareness Day! On March 11, 2019, Senator Robert P. Casey Jr., and Senator Kevin Cramer submitted S.Res.103, a resolution designating March 27th as National Assistive Technology Awareness Day to the U.S. Senate. That is right – North Dakota’s very own Senator Kevin Cramer played a vital role…

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I can remember watching comedy shows as a kid where one of the characters would be sick in bed or laid up and having a bedside bell to ring for when they need assistance or help (getting a blanket, need water, turn off the light, etc.).  And then sometimes the other character would respond to…

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If you are someone who is hard-of-hearing or is deaf and have found it difficult to communicate with those around you, you might be able to use one of the following three applications on your phone or tablet. Basically, the three applications below are ones that will produce speech to text on-the-go. For no cost…

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What’s a Smartpen? These handy devices are pens that record both your handwriting and audio while you write. When you tap on the notes you’ve written with a smartpen, it will play back the audio recorded at the exact moment you were writing. This technology is great for anyone, but especially for those with difficulties due…

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Early this year I had the pleasure to attend the ATiA 2019 Conference – one of the biggest assistive technology conferences in the world. ATiA Conferences offer hundreds of ways to learn about assistive technology through sessions, speakers, brainstorming sessions, and hands-on opportunities. There, I attended a session called, “Access Granted: Gaming for Accessible Switch Users“.…

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During these cold winter days it is nice to spend them indoors and watch a favorite TV episode, movie or series.  But what if you have a partial hearing loss or maybe your hearing aids just aren’t enough to hear the TV? Missing dialogue, muffled words, or straining to hear are the common complaints of…

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