screenshot of the Harmony Hub User interface
The ability to search for a movie like the “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” all by yourself on Netflix may seem insignificant to those without a disability.  To someone with paralysis, however, it can be the BEST gift EVER!  At ND Assistive, we are reminded every day about how precious it is to have the…

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Fargo Smart Home Ceiling Fan
As many of you know, one of the focuses this year for ND Assistive has been to bring smart home technology to people with paralysis in North Dakota with a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation.  This endeavor has been an amazing learning experience for all of the staff at ND Assistive.  We…

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man in a wheelchair waiting at the bottom of steps
For over 20 years, laws have been in place requiring websites to be accessible for people with disabilities.  Although many web developers, business owners, and government officials are aware of this, they may not know that the electronic documents on their websites must also be accessible.  Think about all of the documents available for download…

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Alexa Echo Show with Cloud Cam
The ND Assistive staff are pleased to announce that we have received a $75,000 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award is one of the High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grants awarded as part of the Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life Grants program. The funds will support our new Smart Home First…

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Hearing Aid
Are you in need of hearing aids, but are finding the cost a bit out of reach? Have you tried to get a loan for hearing aids and found the interest rate to be in the teens? If you live in North Dakota, we may have a solution for you and just in time for…

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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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