man in a wheelchair waiting at the bottom of steps
For over 20 years, laws have been in place requiring websites to be accessible for people with disabilities.  Although many web developers, business owners, and government officials are aware of this, they may not know that the electronic documents on their websites must also be accessible.  Think about all of the documents available for download…

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I Can Connect Logo
June 23rd – 29th is National Deaf-Blind Awareness Week In honor of Helen Keller’s birthday, June 27th, the last week of June has been designated as Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. A remarkable woman, Helen Keller became deaf and blind at the age of 19 months following an illness.  At seven-years-old, living a world she described as,…

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Alexa Echo Show with Cloud Cam
The ND Assistive staff are pleased to announce that we have received a $75,000 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award is one of the High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grants awarded as part of the Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life Grants program. The funds will support our new Smart Home First…

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Calendar month view in the TimeTree app
Recently we had family members stop in our office to donate back assistive technology devices that their now deceased mother had received from one of our programs.  The family shared how the goal was to keep their mom in her home until she passed.  They were able to accomplish their goal with the help of…

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Pile of remote controls
Do the remotes in your home feel like they’re multiplying? Worse more, are your remote letters and numbers too hard to read and/or too hard to press? Or do your remotes keep disappearing, only to reappear months later after you’ve purchased a replacement remote? Connect Your Remotes To Work With Your Smart-Home Devices! Harmony Hub…

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A photo of a stenomask. It looks a lot like a small triangular black device with rubber end to put up against your mouth.
Recently I was looking for voice amplification for a person with Parkinson’s disease and came across the Stenomask as an option for those who are using speech recognition programs.  A Stenomask is a noise-canceling, voice isolating microphone.  This device kind of resembles a gas mask that fits over a person’s mouth. So what does it…

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Two Echo Buttons
What if an individual wants to make a phone call but… their voice is too weak or inconsistent for voice control, they do not have enough physical control or strength to interact with a smartphone, tablet or adaptive landline telephone, and they have slow response due to visual limitations(so using switch control on a device…

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A photo of the small Facebook Portal, showing a man with a small child in his lap on the screen and a bigger Facebook Portal Plus with a woman reading a book on the screen.
I first noticed the new Facebook Portal when I saw the Mother’s Day commercials with Neil Patrick Harris and the moms of famous people.  View the Mother’s Day commercial.  I was more than a little skeptical about the actual use of this device because I really like the Echo Show with its many cool features. …

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Picture of Older Americans 2019 Logo
Every year in May, Older Americans Month recognizes the contributions of older adults across the nation. This year’s theme of Older Americans Month is “Connect, Create and Contribute”, according to Administration for Community Living to encourage older adults to create and connect with their communities and continue to contribute their talents and life experiences to benefit…

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Hearing Aid
Are you in need of hearing aids, but are finding the cost a bit out of reach? Have you tried to get a loan for hearing aids and found the interest rate to be in the teens? If you live in North Dakota, we may have a solution for you and just in time for…

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