A photo of a stenomask. It looks a lot like a small triangular black device with rubber end to put up against your mouth.
Recently I was looking for voice amplification for a person with Parkinson’s disease and came across the Stenomask as an option for those who are using speech recognition programs.  A Stenomask is a noise-canceling, voice isolating microphone.  This device kind of resembles a gas mask that fits over a person’s mouth. So what does it…

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A photo of the small Facebook Portal, showing a man with a small child in his lap on the screen and a bigger Facebook Portal Plus with a woman reading a book on the screen.
I first noticed the new Facebook Portal when I saw the Mother’s Day commercials with Neil Patrick Harris and the moms of famous people.  View the Mother’s Day commercial.  I was more than a little skeptical about the actual use of this device because I really like the Echo Show with its many cool features. …

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Photo of the new TiVo Remote with the large blue microphone button in the top middle.
I don’t make it a secret that I love Amazon’s Echo products.  I even bought an Amazon Fire TV Cube early on to see if I could get it to control my TV with just my voice.  While I could control the television itself with voice; it would not work with my cable company, Midcontinent…

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Image of person holding a cell phone with Live Transcribe app
If you are someone who is hard-of-hearing or is deaf and have found it difficult to communicate with those around you, you might be able to use one of the following three applications on your phone or tablet. Basically, the three applications below are ones that will produce speech to text on-the-go. For no cost…

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Mickey with his Orbit 20 device
Last Summer at Camp Grassick I was introduced to Mickey Teubner.  He had recently moved back to North Dakota and was attending ND Association of the Blind’s weeklong camp.  I soon learned that Mickey who is blind is very computer savvy and was looking for a refreshable Braille device. I told him about one of ND…

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North Dakota's Dual Sensory Project Logo in print and Braille
Dual Sensory Project and iCanConnect: Resources for North Dakotans Who are Deaf-Blind This week’s blog is going to cover two programs in North Dakota which affect those with vision and hearing loss.  It seems to me that people with this dual sensory impairment or those working with this group often don’t realize that there is…

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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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