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October is International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month.  According to the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), “International AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world each October. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to inform the public about the many different ways in…

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As many of you know, one of the focuses this year for ND Assistive has been to bring smart home technology to people with paralysis in North Dakota with a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation.  This endeavor has been an amazing learning experience for all of the staff at ND Assistive.  We…

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month, the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness of this debilitating disease. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. There is a rapid growth in the number of people living…

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Last month I covered the basics of smart home technology. In this blog I’m going to cover items to consider when taking the steps to turn your home into a smart home. There are many things to consider before investing in smart home systems. Current Set Up First, one needs to look at if their…

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People who know me would be surprised to find out that I am writing a blog on the topic of makeup. I wear very little makeup and even went without it for a month this summer. I may know very little about makeup but I know how to do research, and I’d like to share…

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Do you “sleep like the dead”? Do you snooze your alarm about forty thousand times? You definitely aren’t alone. Fortunately there are numerous assistive technology  solutions to help you get up on time! Challenge Your Mind Mathe Alarm Clock – Free for iOS I described this app to my husband, a night owl and chronic…

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If you are experiencing pain in your hands, wrists, or shoulders it might be time to consider switching up your computer mouse to see if it eases the pain.  When switching to a new mouse, be patient with the process. It takes a while to become accustomed to a whole new setup! It may take…

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Changes to the Senior Safety Program For the past fifteen years, ND Assistive has been responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Assistive Safety Devices Distribution Service, better known as the Senior Safety Program, through a contract with the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division. Through this program, we are able to…

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Back in June, ND Assistive announced receiving a $75,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. This grant allowed ND Assistive to expand our two existing Home First Centers (simulated homes filled with assistive technology in every room) into state-of-the-art Smart Homes. So what are Smart Homes? Most individuals have heard this commonly used…

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We just got a new landline phone system in our office that, at first glance, seems to have a lot of features that could be beneficial to many people. The Vtech phone system (SN5147) I am talking about is an amplified corded/cordless answering system with big buttons and display. It also has three additional devices…

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