iPads and tablets have become more widely used in our everyday lives and have provided an essential means of communication, and are used for education and entertainment for people of all ages. We work with many people who need to be able to take pictures of text and have it read back to them through…

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Paying for assistive technology can be challenging and seem overwhelming for many individuals after a device has been identified for them. ND Assistive raises dollars through donations and on Giving Hearts Day to help ND residents with disabilities obtain the assistive technology (AT) they need for independence at home.  All the dollars raised go directly…

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According to the National Fire Protective Association, ranges or cooktops account for almost two-thirds of home cooking fire incidents, and unattended equipment is a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires and half of associated deaths. What should you do if you or your loved one forgets food on the stove unattended which could…

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I have ADHD and in honor of ADHD Awareness Month, I would like to tell you about my personal favorite assistive technology (AT) for ADHD.  They are, in order: Noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones Digital reminder lists Apple Watch Noise-canceling Bluetooth Headphones Like many with ADHD, I’m easily distracted by noise.  A comfy pair of over-the-head, noise-canceling Bluetooth…

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Computers, smartphones, and tablets have become an important part of everyone’s day-to-day functions.  As these devices become more robust they open up a wide range of possibilities for people of all ages, especially for individuals with a disability or impairment. All of these popular devices have useful accessibility features, known as assistive technology, built into…

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Recently, I have been approached by several clients with various physical disabilities with the same question, “How can I independently control my TV when I can’t physically access the remote?” This is a complex question with numerous possible solutions.  Because I’m not in the novel-writing business, I’m going to keep it short and sweet.  In…

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I make no secret of the fact that I love connecting with other organizations and entities whose mission it is to assist people with disabilities, and Amy Osvold from ND Vision Services/School for the Blind (NDVS/SB) is someone I respect.  She is an excellent resource when I need help with clients with sight loss or…

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Software and apps that scan and read aloud standard printed text in books and on paper have been around for decades.  The Claro ScanPen App for Android can scan and read text just like its predecessors, but it is more of an expert at reading text on objects and in non-standard printed documents.  While it…

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A few weeks ago, I had a call from a daughter whose father was in a nursing facility.  He had an Echo Show but needed some kind of stand or way to mount it.  The facility didn’t want to put it on his rolling table because of the need to move it while it was…

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Going back to school for 2020-21 will be looking different for so many students and teachers.  Many school districts will be incorporating some type of remote learning and if not, they are probably prepared to be able to pivot to distance learning at the last minute due to COVID-19. One of the biggest challenges with…

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