Picture of the 4 main smart home speaker systems
Back in June, ND Assistive announced receiving a $75,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. This grant allowed ND Assistive to expand our two existing Home First Centers (simulated homes filled with assistive technology in every room) into state-of-the-art Smart Homes. So what are Smart Homes? Most individuals have heard this commonly used…

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ADA's 29th Anniversary Banner Logo
The 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) is this Friday.  On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the ADA to give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities.  This law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and…

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Calendar month view in the TimeTree app
Recently we had family members stop in our office to donate back assistive technology devices that their now deceased mother had received from one of our programs.  The family shared how the goal was to keep their mom in her home until she passed.  They were able to accomplish their goal with the help of…

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Every year in May, Older Americans Month recognizes the contributions of older adults across the nation. This year’s theme of Older Americans Month is “Connect, Create and Contribute”, according to Administration for Community Living to encourage older adults to create and connect with their communities and continue to contribute their talents and life experiences to benefit…

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Future Call phone
The North Dakota Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Service (TEDS) is designed to provide free specialized telephones and accessories to ND residents with severe hearing, vision, speech, cognitive or physical disabilities who have difficulty using standard telephones and who qualify financially. Communication on the phone is an essential tool for routine daily activities.  For persons who may…

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picture of a hand bell
I can remember watching comedy shows as a kid where one of the characters would be sick in bed or laid up and having a bedside bell to ring for when they need assistance or help (getting a blanket, need water, turn off the light, etc.).  And then sometimes the other character would respond to…

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Picture of a gentleman using a wireless headphone system to listen to the tv
During these cold winter days it is nice to spend them indoors and watch a favorite TV episode, movie or series.  But what if you have a partial hearing loss or maybe your hearing aids just aren’t enough to hear the TV? Missing dialogue, muffled words, or straining to hear are the common complaints of…

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Apps to Support a Successful Transition
Using electronic applications “apps” on an iPad can be a great solution for a student who needs additional support in their educational journey.  Educational apps can provide an ideal transition from school to home, promoting greater learning.  However, searching and trying to find an app that will be the right one or beneficial to the…

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Name:  Gerri Sarsten Started at ND Assistive:  November 2018 Hometown:  Laurel, Montana (Home of the Locomotives!) Job Title:  Administrative Assistant – Mandan Office Family:  I am married to Kraig and we have 3 fantastic sons. Layn (22) is a student at Minot State, Zak (20) works for Standing Rock EMS and is a student at…

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Picture of presents under a Christmas tree
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is officially the start of the holiday shopping season.  Finding that right gift for everyone on your list can sometimes be a challenge.  But this year how about giving a gift that can provide individuals with a sense of safety and well-being. I’ve compiled 10 Christmas gift ideas that…

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