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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Bridging a Temporary Gap Assistive technology can provide valuable temporary accommodation following surgery or during an illness.  Below are three real-life examples of how assistive technology helped bridge a temporary gap. Example 1: Back Surgery A 36-year-old had minor back surgery.  During his 6-week recovery, he was not able to bend, twist, or lift more…

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When it comes to reading articles on the web, visual distractions abound.  For those who have difficulty staying focused while reading in general, reading on the web is a whole different beast. It’s like trying to read with a shiny, sparkle-vested squirrel dancing the tango on the sidelines.  Except all that visual clutter isn’t really…

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Just like 2018, 2019 went out with a bang in Fargo, North Dakota, where I am writing this from.  By bang, I mean blizzard.  Woohoo, 13.5+ inches of snow!  As a born and bred North Dakotan, being prepared for a blizzard is something I was trained on from a young age.  When this most recent…

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Fire TV Cube with text stating "hands-free entertainment. Control your TV with your voice."
Amazon’s 2019 Fire TV Cube comes packed with accessibility features to suit the diverse needs of its users.  Check them out! Voice Control Probably the best-known/most-advertised feature of the Fire TV Cube is the ability to control your compatible TV using just your voice. The Fire TV Cube features Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant and a…

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Skype, owned by Microsoft, now offers free live captions and subtitles during calls!  This great feature makes Skype more accessible to individuals with hearing loss or deafness, auditory processing disorder, or who simply benefit from being able to read and hear the conversation. Captioning, also labeled as subtitles, is available on both audio and video…

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salmon-colored alarm clock with wheels
Do you “sleep like the dead”? Do you snooze your alarm about forty thousand times? You definitely aren’t alone. Fortunately there are numerous assistive technology  solutions to help you get up on time! Challenge Your Mind Mathe Alarm Clock – Free for iOS I described this app to my husband, a night owl and chronic…

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Contour Design UniMouse
If you are experiencing pain in your hands, wrists, or shoulders it might be time to consider switching up your computer mouse to see if it eases the pain.  When switching to a new mouse, be patient with the process. It takes a while to become accustomed to a whole new setup! It may take…

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Changes to the Senior Safety Program For the past fifteen years, ND Assistive has been responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Assistive Safety Devices Distribution Service, better known as the Senior Safety Program, through a contract with the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division. Through this program, we are able to…

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