This past year we’ve learned about and shared several different types of video technology and smart displays to help individuals communicate and stay in touch with their loved ones when they cannot see them in person. Recently I learned about another form of video technology that is convenient for seniors or anyone who wants a…

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Since the pandemic started a year ago, many of us have been seeking out new ways to connect with our loved one’s while being separated.  For many, this meant introducing technology to seniors for a visual connection to their family, friends, and doctors.  However, many of these older adults have never had internet access, never…

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FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit
Getting connected to the internet has never been more imperative than it is today due to the Pandemic, especially for those that are separated from loved ones. However, for some, the cost of broadband internet services is either impinging on their ability to pay for other needs or simply out of the question. Well, help…

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Remember that TV ad for Life cereal? The one where Mikey doesn’t like anything? At the end of the ad, Mikey eventually tries the cereal and discovers he likes it. (full disclosure: my name is Mike so this ad has mostly been a curse for me) As I was thinking about how to best describe…

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Image of ND Assistive staff helping a client with receiving and using a phone.
When Delbert and Peggy visited our HomeFirst center a couple of weeks ago, it really struck me how dramatic hearing loss can be, not only for the person affected by it, but for those living with that person. Peggy, who hears quite well, grew frustrated throughout our conversation because of Delbert’s reluctance to the technology…

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picture of Echo Show with captions
Through our Specialized Telephone Program, we are able to provide Amazon’s Echo Show, which helps people to connect with their loved ones. To enable Call Captioning, Closed Captioning, or Alexa Captioning for text captions when available, follow these simple procedures. Say “Go to setting”, or swipe down from the top of the screen and select…

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Hand holding a rocker t knife
I recently had the pleasure of working with a woman from North Dakota in her early 70s who visited North Dakota Assistive to find some things to help her in her daily life. She had visited us several years ago and had thought that we might have something to help her. She had been struggling…

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Small Red Scooter Car with Lady Inside
When spring rolls around, keep an eye out for this sweet lady proudly cruising the streets of Williston in her Sassy red electric scooter! Having the independence to drive ourselves to and from anywhere we want is something we often take for granted until our vehicle is in the shop, and we have to rely…

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image of ND AT4ALL Home Page
I stopped by today to let you know that ND AT4ALL has a brand new look, but provides the same valuable resources from ND Assistive along with other ND organizations. You can check it out for yourself on our website, ND AT4ALL Some ways to start exploring… You can create an account by using your…

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Picture of another view inside the Care Hub app
We have written several blogs on the Amazon Alexa device and how its users can use it.  This device can keep up with the news, play music, create a smart home, make phone calls with Alexa, or even video and drop-in calls.  And during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Amazon Alexa sure has been a helpful…

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