When someone contacts ND Assistive’s Roxanne Wells, they’re greeted with a genuine smile and a sprinkle of optimism. When they ask her about the program she works with most often, she adds in a glimmer of hope. That glimmer of hope is what drives Roxanne’s passion for ND Assistive’s specialized telephone program, often referred to…

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There were tears in our office today. Some of sadness, and some of joy. It happens quite often at North Dakota Assistive. Family members hear about us and about our consultants’ abilities to find the right assistive technology to help their loved ones remain independent at home for as long as safely possible, and they…

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Remember that TV ad for Life cereal? The one where Mikey doesn’t like anything? At the end of the ad, Mikey eventually tries the cereal and discovers he likes it. (full disclosure: my name is Mike so this ad has mostly been a curse for me) As I was thinking about how to best describe…

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Image of ND Assistive staff helping a client with receiving and using a phone.
When Delbert and Peggy visited our HomeFirst center a couple of weeks ago, it really struck me how dramatic hearing loss can be, not only for the person affected by it, but for those living with that person. Peggy, who hears quite well, grew frustrated throughout our conversation because of Delbert’s reluctance to the technology…

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My dad using an adaptive knife and fork to cut meat on his plate at dinner.
About six months ago we started taking dinner to my parents once a week. It’s been a great way to stay connected with them as they don’t get out as much as they used to. After a few weeks, I began to notice things I hadn’t before. One of the most glaring was my dad’s…

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OBI self-feeding device with white arm and food in compartments and spoon.
Some of the latest and greatest AT devices you just have to see to believe. The OBI Self-Feeding System is one of those devices. It’s basically a robotic arm that helps people who lack upper extremity function to eat at the table with very little assistance from someone else. We’re excited to share this with…

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Darrel at his computer using the new keypad. He has a big smile on his face.
When Darrel Schneider decided he wanted to go fishing, he designed himself a rod and reel. When he needed a better way to access his cell phone, he created plans for an elaborate mounting system. Darrel Schneider is what we call, a problem solver. And when Darrel has a problem he can’t quite solve on…

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Pile of remote controls
Do the remotes in your home feel like they’re multiplying? Worse more, are your remote letters and numbers too hard to read and/or too hard to press? Or do your remotes keep disappearing, only to reappear months later after you’ve purchased a replacement remote? Connect Your Remotes To Work With Your Smart-Home Devices! Harmony Hub…

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Screen shot of Newton app with voice dictation activated
Lately, I’ve experienced an upsurge in requests for assistive technology apps for math. Keep in mind these are not apps to teach someone how to do math. Although assistive technology can help someone learn, it is not a learning resource. Instead, these are math apps that can address a specific ability to preform math as a…

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Today, March 27th, 2019 is the first-ever National Assistive Technology Awareness Day! On March 11, 2019, Senator Robert P. Casey Jr., and Senator Kevin Cramer submitted S.Res.103, a resolution designating March 27th as National Assistive Technology Awareness Day to the U.S. Senate. That is right – North Dakota’s very own Senator Kevin Cramer played a vital role…

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