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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 daily routine activities. For persons who may…

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Are you worried about falling on an icy sidewalk during the winter, but you don’t want to become a prisoner in your own home? If you are unable to take a long vacation to Arizona in the winter months and want to get out to do the things you love, I have a few suggestions…

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Amazon’s 2019 Fire TV Cube comes packed with accessibility features to suit the diverse needs of its users.  Check them out! Voice Control Probably the best-known/most-advertised feature of the Fire TV Cube is the ability to control your compatible TV using just your voice. The Fire TV Cube features Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant and a…

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I am in full Black Friday mode and primed for all those great deals! If you are like me, you get excited and wait all year for the Black Friday shopping. For many years I have tracked the great deals by studying all the sale ads both in print and online the weekend before Thanksgiving.…

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The iCanConnect program provides people with both significant vision and hearing loss with free equipment and training to help them stay connected with friends, family, and the world. Sending an email or chatting on the phone can be challenging for people with both significant vision and hearing loss. Equipment that iCanConnect can provide include: telephones,…

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Most people we meet at ND Assistive want to age in the home of their choice and avoid a nursing home stay – if at all possible. Of the many calls we receive, wandering or eloping is high on the list of reasons that loved ones with dementia and other disabilities are at risk of…

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Skype, owned by Microsoft, now offers free live captions and subtitles during calls!  This great feature makes Skype more accessible to individuals with hearing loss or deafness, auditory processing disorder, or who simply benefit from being able to read and hear the conversation. Captioning, also labeled as subtitles, is available on both audio and video…

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October is here and it’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Since 1988, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) has been an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues as well as celebrate the many varied contributions of those workers with disabilities. This year’s…

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In my former work life I was a librarian. I love being around books and reading. I cannot imagine a life without being able to read. I have been working with a client who is blind and needs to read certain documents with both handwriting and typewritten text.   We have gone through options for this…

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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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