When someone contacts ND Assistive’s Roxanne Wells, they’re greeted with a genuine smile and a sprinkle of optimism. When they ask her about the program she works with most often, she adds in a glimmer of hope. That glimmer of hope is what drives Roxanne’s passion for ND Assistive’s specialized telephone program, often referred to…

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We proudly announce a new member to our team. Name:  Shannon Bozovsky Started at ND Assistive: May 2021 Job Title: Assistive Technology Consultant – Fargo Office Hometown:  Born and raised in Fargo, ND Family: All of my immediate family live in Fargo. I have 1 older brother and 2 older sisters. I am proud to…

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Android Action Blocks
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Apple iOS products and will most likely continue to love them and what they do for people with disabilities. That does not mean, however, that I am going to overlook other devices or operating systems that also have amazing features, like Android’s latest accessibility tools, especially when my client…

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There were tears in our office today. Some of sadness, and some of joy. It happens quite often at North Dakota Assistive. Family members hear about us and about our consultants’ abilities to find the right assistive technology to help their loved ones remain independent at home for as long as safely possible, and they…

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Individuals who have a hearing impairment may struggle with Amazon Alexa’s responses, music, videos and calls. The good news is that Alexa does have a few options and tools that can help work around an individual’s hearing loss. The Alexa and the Alexa app come with several features that you can customize or turn on…

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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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