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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ND Vision Services/School for the Blind logo
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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Mounted stand for wall with an Echo Show mounted on it
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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A few months ago we were assisting a client who has Parkinson’s disease, and his challenge was having to take medication during the night. He is a heavy sleeper who also is hard-of-hearing and didn’t want a loud alarm during the night, waking his wife.   We ended up with a good compromise for this couple.…

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Visor card has symbols on it that indicates the person is hard of hearing and will help the officer communicate by pointing at symbols on the card.
What does a person who is hard of hearing or deaf do when he is pulled over by a police officer? A few years ago, the staff of the ND School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NDSD) decided to assist both police officers and those with hearing loss in this…

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Photo of Pocket Guide for Voters for June 9 Primary Election by Protection and Advocacy
Voting Basics for the Primary Election By now you should have received an application to vote in the primary election in North Dakota. County commissions in all 53 counties around the state have authorized Vote by Mail for the election as a measure to reduce the public risk of exposure during this pandemic. This means…

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Photo of young many with sunglasses using Jamboxx
Are you sitting at home bored and feeling lethargic? I am attempting in the blog this week to give you a few ideas of activities you can do in your own home to alleviate boredom and add a little spice to this new normal. While I was looking for activities that are adapted in some…

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Home page of DCMP.ORG
Teachers, do you have a K-12 student who is deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deafblind? If you do, you can apply for the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP).   It is not only teachers who can use this resource, but even parents of those students can also sign up for this…

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Candy Lien (former employee from ND Vision Services/School for the Blind) recently wrote an article for the ND Association of the Blind’s newsletter, and she agreed to allow us to use it for this blog.  Candy describes her experience with the new Blind Shell Classic phone and I thought it would be beneficial for our…

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Photo of Governor Burgum with people from ND Vison Services/School for the Blind, ND School for the Deaf, ND Assistive, and Anne Carlsen
FARGO, N.D. – Governor Doug Burgum has declared March 4, 2020 Assistive Technology Awareness Day after providers in North Dakota came together petitioning for awareness. The new day promotes independence to those with disabilities, broadening educational experience and promoting a more diverse workforce continuing North Dakota’s leadership with programs in line with Americans with Disabilities…

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