Picture of presents under a Christmas tree
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is officially the start of the holiday shopping season.  Finding that right gift for everyone on your list can sometimes be a challenge.  But this year how about giving a gift that can provide individuals with a sense of safety and well-being. I’ve compiled 10 Christmas gift ideas that…

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Lately, I’ve been dabbling in the world of Dragon Professional Individual 15. Dragon Professional Individual 15, let’s call it Dragon for short, is a software that allows users to completely control the computer with the power of their voice. Many people use Dragon for dictation purposes; but for those with physical disabilities, Dragon can be the bridge…

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Cartoon of Woodstock and Snoopy breaking the wishbone with the text "Happy Thanksgiving"
ND Assistive would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for the opportunity to serve so many wonderful clients every day.  The ND Assistive offices will be closed Thursday, November 22nd in honor of Thanksgiving.  The offices will reopen Friday, November 23rd with limited staff. If you are shopping on Amazon…

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Laryngectomy support group meeting view one
Earlier this month, the area Laryngectomy Support group met at ND Assistive to learn about the new TeliTalk Electrolarynx Phone and other types of assistive technology to help them communicate on the phone.  The group indicated that they learned a lot, and I thought others might benefit as well. The following methods were discussed: TeliTalk Electrolarynx…

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Coming up with Christmas gift ideas for grandparents or your aging parents can be a challenge for many people.  Most seniors have almost everything they need, especially when it comes to the traditional things that are typically given as gifts (blankets, slippers, sweaters, mugs, etc.). What about gifting assistive technology (AT) that can improve the…

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A photo of a woman in a wheelchair with a purple jacket that has velcro securing the back of the jacket.
Every day I look in my closet and decide what to wear.  Should I dress up a little or go for a more casual look?  Should I wear some ND Assistive clothing to promote the organization?  It seems like such a simple thing; deciding on clothing.  For people with disabilities the choices can be limiting,…

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Picture of the V.ALRT emergency button
Since my August blog post on the V.ALRT wearable personal emergency alerting device, our office has purchased the device for both the equipment demonstration and short-term equipment trial programs. We were very eager and excited to try out the V.ALRT once it arrived.  I, along with my other 2 co-workers, did several tests with the…

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Kemo and her dog
Watching someone get the gift of amplification after years of diminished hearing is a great part of our job here at ND Assistive. The usual playful banter of “Can you hear me now?” “YES!” is sweet music to our ears. Kemo, a Veteran and member of the Lakota Nation, lost a portion of her hearing…

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cartoon of rotary dial phone with a confused look on its face
Here at ND Assistive, we have administered the specialized phone program, the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Service (TEDS), for the State of North Dakota since 2003.  Through the TEDS program, we are able to provide qualifying North Dakota residents who have a severe hearing, speech, physical, or vision impairment with free, specialized phone equipment. The range of…

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Logo - ND Voices, voter information
The election is only a few weeks away and there is still plenty of time to learn about the issues and decide on how you want to vote.  But what if you are someone with a disability and are worried that you won’t be able to vote once you get to your polling place?  Thanks…

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