Large pile of boxes from costco and amazon.
Since October of 2020 when we eliminated the Loan Library fees, the number of loans for assistive technology has increased dramatically! In fact, the number of device loans from October 1, 2020, to today, June 24, 2021, is 99% higher than the same time period last year. AND this increase was during COVID! Fantastical! Due…

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Android Action Blocks
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Apple iOS products and will most likely continue to love them and what they do for people with disabilities. That does not mean, however, that I am going to overlook other devices or operating systems that also have amazing features, like Android’s latest accessibility tools, especially when my client…

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FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit
Getting connected to the internet has never been more imperative than it is today due to the Pandemic, especially for those that are separated from loved ones. However, for some, the cost of broadband internet services is either impinging on their ability to pay for other needs or simply out of the question. Well, help…

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A zoom call with Matt holding up his phone and showing the app
Assistive technology changes lives, but not just any assistive technology will do.  Every user has unique needs and matching those needs to the available assistive technology is key. And, making use of the technology devices a person already owns and uses well, can produce an even better result. The video below tells Matt’s story of…

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Equate Cucumber Body Wash with the text highlighted
Software and apps that scan and read aloud standard printed text in books and on paper have been around for decades.  The Claro ScanPen App for Android can scan and read text just like its predecessors, but it is more of an expert at reading text on objects and in non-standard printed documents.  While it…

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ND Assistive First Assistive Technology Center
Although the development of assistive technology (AT) started much earlier, the field of AT, in my opinion, did not really come into the public eye until the 80s, which is when I first learned about it in college.  The year 2020 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Assistive Technology Act, the 30th Anniversary of the…

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3 video presenters interacting with an Amazon Echo Show
Last winter, we had a wonderful opportunity to create a video with Eventide Senior and Assistive Living, 702 Communications, and H2M regarding the benefits of smart home products.  This video discusses the aspects of several smart home products (i.e Amazon Echo Show, smart locks, etc.) and their benefits to help people live independently and live…

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The Echo SHow with two people and a dog having a video call The captions read" Man w/Dog: "There's mama!"
With COVID-19, you may have heard stories lately of seniors, people with disabilities, and those with health issues only being able to have “face-to-face” conversations with their loved ones through a window. But what if no one can get to their window,  and they are not technically savvy enough to do a video call like…

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Picture of two women on a couch smiling
Last winter, ND Assistive was contacted by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) regarding showcasing our services and the benefits of assistive technology in a video format for the people served by NDBIN. This collaboration resulted in the creation of the video below. This video includes footage from both of our centers in Mandan…

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Smiling Man with the caption: Technology...Making Independence Possible
What if you suddenly lost the ability to do something due to an accident or illness, something that you loved? What if you were not able to use your phone or computer, drive a car, work at a great job, go to college so you could have a great job, continue to stay in a…

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