Blue Christmas ball hanging on a tree with crystals spelling out Hope in Braille
I have always been fascinated with Braille.  I remember as a young child, reading elementary library books about Louis Braille and Helen Keller.  As an adult I learned Grade 1 Braille in order to work at the media center at the ND Vision Services/School for the Blind and marveled at the volumes of Braille on…

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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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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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Farmer holding grain in his hands. One hand is missing fingers.
The week of September 16-22 is National Farm Safety and Health Week.  While there is a massive effort to prevent these accidents from happening which ranges from county extension workshops, panel discussions from farm groups, and a focus on educating youth who work or visit farms; farm accidents still exist.  Twenty years ago, my father…

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It’s time to think about going back to school.  There are the typical supplies needed: pencils, paper, calculators, binders, homework folders, etc.  If a student is entering junior high, there are many other things to consider: use of lockers, changing of classes, and implementation of new rules.  What if a student needs to use a…

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It’s crazy to think that school is starting so soon; already we see all the stores with their Back to School Supplies Sales and Supply Lists. So basically in a month, many schools in North Dakota will be in full swing.  I came across a website of a nonprofit organization, Understood, that looks interesting.  Their…

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So much of our lives center around food.  The importance of a family eating together has been well-documented and is part of our socialization as people.  But what about someone who is not able to eat on their own?  How does having a caregiver feed you everything that goes into your mouth affect that experience?…

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As we near June 21, the longest day of the year, I have become aware of The Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraiser for this day.  The association asks that you show your love on June 21 for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  They have created a fundraising event that both symbolizes the daily challenges of Alzheimer’s and…

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May is National ALS Awareness Month.  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  The ALS Association is asking supporters to “Raise Your Voice to Elevate the Fight Against ALS” in May. I plan in this month’s blog to talk about the importance of your voice.  People with ALS are robbed…

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My co-worker, Tami, and I went to the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego last month and there were so many AT (assistive technology) devices to see in the exhibit area and many great workshops on accessibility and AT.  One of the AT items I’ve been interested in for some time has been the…

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