Hand holding a rocker t knife
I recently had the pleasure of working with a woman from North Dakota in her early 70s who visited North Dakota Assistive to find some things to help her in her daily life. She had visited us several years ago and had thought that we might have something to help her. She had been struggling…

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screen shot of Android tablet in sound notifications menu
With the recent releases of the iOS 14 and Android 11 operating systems, your iOS and Android smartphones can now alert you to important environmental sounds such as doorbells, fire alarms, and dogs barking.  These accessibility features have been specifically designed for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing users.  Home alerting systems, such as the Clarity…

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Picture of text reads: Please let me alone. I've got a weeks worth of work to do in 3 hours because i have the time management skills of a carrot.
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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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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Voice Dream Scanner-Text Capture in PDF
As we head back into the barely-charted waters of educating our children during COVID times, it’s good to remind ourselves that there are many, many assistive technology buoys out there that can help us avoid some of those big underwater rocks and keep on sailing.  In this blog, you’ll find a compilation of assistive technology…

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woman wearing a clear face mask
The Issue COVID-19 has brought about the need to wear masks when interacting with others who are not in our households or pods.  The CDC has recommended that all who are able to wear cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  Unfortunately, cloth face masks can make communication difficult for individuals who…

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A press release from the North Dakota Department of Human Services announced Wednesday, May 6th, that North Dakota has received funds from the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help older adults stay connected and to address other COVID-19-related needs.  Read the full press release here. “Grant funding will be focused on addressing and…

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Screenshot of three-way video call
My grandparents are in their late 80s. They live on the family farm in rural North Dakota.  They have a vast network of family, friends, and neighbors that stop by for coffee, cookies, cards, conversation, and supper (not dinner mind you).  They go to services every Sunday and visit family and friends at the long-term…

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Screen shot of smartphone screen with video messaging app icons. Left to right, top to bottom. FaceTime, Google Duo, Facebook Messanger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Marco Polo
As the country settles in for the long-haul social distancing necessitated by the rapid spread of COVID-19, we must find solutions to maintain the most human of all our needs, personal connection.  We are social beings, yes, even the introverts. In Part 2 of our Connection in the Time of Social Distancing, we’ll introduce you…

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Specialized phones
Maintaining connection to our loved ones is crucial to combating the feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression, and anxiety that have arrived hand-in-hand with the COVID-19 pandemic.  As public health officials warn us to avoid in-person contact, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have shuttered their doors to visitors and residents are remaining in their rooms,…

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