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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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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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Coming up with Christmas gift ideas for grandparents or your aging parents can be a challenge for many people.  Most seniors have almost everything they need, especially when it comes to the traditional things that are typically given as gifts (blankets, slippers, sweaters, mugs, etc.). What about gifting assistive technology (AT) that can improve the…

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Since my August blog post on the V.ALRT wearable personal emergency alerting device, our office has purchased the device for both the equipment demonstration and short-term equipment trial programs. We were very eager and excited to try out the V.ALRT once it arrived.  I, along with my other 2 co-workers, did several tests with the…

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ND Assistive raises dollars throughout the year to help ND Residents with disabilities obtain the assistive technology (AT) they need for independence at home.  All the dollars raised go directly toward the purchase of AT through ND Assistive Possibilities Grant program. Individuals who are impacted by a disability and/or aging often have expenses that are…

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There are many good medical/emergency alert systems on the market today that call for help with the touch of a button. Deciding what is the best emergency alert system is not always an easy task.  There are many things to consider: does the system require landline vs. cellular, does a user have to rent or…

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Andoird Accessibility Screen
              In the upcoming weeks, we will continue our series in the area of assistive technology (AT) and adaptions for smartphones and basic cell phones for people with disabilities in the areas of physical, speech, hearing, vision or cognition. Last week in Part 1 we discussed accommodations for speech. …

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Summer is officially here!  And for kids bicycles are part of summer fun. Bicycles represent an opportunity for independence, freedom, being active and having FUN.  But typically for kids with disabilities they never get to experience the fun of riding a two-wheel bicycle. Research shows that less than 20% of people with Autism and 10%…

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Today, May 3, marks one year that North Dakota signed the Silver Alert system into law.  ND’s Silver Alert system is a quick response system to help locate missing persons that include disabled and vulnerable elderly adults, as well as minors who have developmental disabilities. The Silver Alert System works much like the Amber Alert…

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Assistive is pleased to recognize Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Week April 8-14 and are happy to celebrate it with all of our partners who are Vision Rehabilitation Therapists. The ND Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the ND Vision Services/School for the Blind are experts we lean on as a resource,  and they…

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