Esther R sitting in her lift chair. She is smiling and holding a bouquet of pink flowers. She has short dark hair and is wearing a lilac cardigan with a calf length black skirt.
Thanks to Possibility Makers like you and your Giving Hearts Day donations last year, Kemo, Shirley, Mark, John, Myron, Cathy, and 26 other people received assistive technology (AT) through the Possibilities Fund to help them live fuller, safer, more independent lives.  From March 2018-February 2019, the funds raised provided equipment such as: An assistive listening…

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Hannah with her school name badge
The POWER of assistive technology to change a life and provide lifelong benefits was never more evident than in the story of Hannah.  In 2007 at age 15, she was involved in a car accident and acquired a severe traumatic brain injury. She could no longer walk, talk, or even hold up her head. After…

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Laryngectomy support group meeting view one
Earlier this month, the area Laryngectomy Support group met at ND Assistive to learn about the new TeliTalk Electrolarynx Phone and other types of assistive technology to help them communicate on the phone.  The group indicated that they learned a lot, and I thought others might benefit as well. The following methods were discussed: TeliTalk Electrolarynx…

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Kemo and her dog
Watching someone get the gift of amplification after years of diminished hearing is a great part of our job here at ND Assistive. The usual playful banter of “Can you hear me now?” “YES!” is sweet music to our ears. Kemo, a Veteran and member of the Lakota Nation, lost a portion of her hearing…

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Woman using a communication App to communicate
October is International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month.  According to the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), “International AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world each October. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to inform the public about the many different ways in…

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WordBoard-Phrase keyboard app-screenshot
In part four of our articles on Cheap or Free Cellphone Adaptations, we are going to discuss solutions for cognitive loss including brain injury, dementia, learning disabilities, and more. To access parts 1-3, click on the links at the end of this article.  Look for a downloadable guide with all sections in the months to…

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man in a wheelchair smiling
For people with disabilities in the areas of physical, speech, hearing, vision, or cognition, there are many free or low-cost assistive technology devices and adaptations for smartphones and basic cellphones.  Many times the people we work with already have these technologies in their possession, and they don’t even know it! Last week, for example, we met with a woman…

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Do you need to make your home more accessible by adding a roll-in shower,  purchase a modified van with a lift to operate a vehicle independently again,  finance new hearing aids so you can listen to your grand child’s concert, or purchase a video magnifier to read the newspaper again?  If questions like these apply to you, our…

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To close out Older Americans Month,  I thought we would revisit our top five most visited blogs regarding assistive technology devices for people who aging since we started blogging in 2012.  These posts involve assistive technology (AT) to help a person communicate and be safe and independent in the home of their choice. 5-Accessible Kitchen Features Back in April 2016,…

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  Do you have difficulty retrieving tiny items off the floor such as your pills, band-aids, contact lens, hearing aid battery, coins, etc., and your standard Reacher is not cut out for the job?  If so, the Critter Catcher just might do the trick!  This clever device, created to catch and dispose of the occasional arachnid…

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