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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4 Livescribe Aegir smartpens
What’s a Smartpen? These handy devices are pens that record both your handwriting and audio while you write. When you tap on the notes you’ve written with a smartpen, it will play back the audio recorded at the exact moment you were writing. This technology is great for anyone, but especially for those with difficulties due…

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Red banner that reads game accessibility. 3 video game aliens line the bottom of the banner.
Early this year I had the pleasure to attend the ATiA 2019 Conference – one of the biggest assistive technology conferences in the world. ATiA Conferences offer hundreds of ways to learn about assistive technology through sessions, speakers, brainstorming sessions, and hands-on opportunities. There, I attended a session called, “Access Granted: Gaming for Accessible Switch Users“.…

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Clarity Sempre Mini
As more and more people are moving from landline telephones to cellphones, we experience a subsequential increase in the question: “How can I make my cellphone louder?” Through this blog we will explore 3 different ways to make your cellphone louder. These devices will increase the volume of your cellphone without the use of hearing…

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Red with white snowflakes. Reads Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018.
ND Assistive will be closed the following office hours this holiday season. Fargo Office:  Wednesday, December 19th: CLOSED 8 am – Noon Monday, December 24th: CLOSED Tuesday, December 25th: CLOSED Tuesday, January 1st: CLOSED Mandan Office:  Monday, December 24th: CLOSED Tuesday, December 25th: CLOSED Tuesday, January 1st: CLOSED

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Screen shot of the Dragon Dictation Box.
Lately, I’ve been dabbling in the world of Dragon Professional Individual 15. Dragon Professional Individual 15, let’s call it Dragon for short, is a software that allows users to completely control the computer with the power of their voice. Many people use Dragon for dictation purposes; but for those with physical disabilities, Dragon can be the bridge…

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USee stand tablet magnifying a yellow mustard packet
NOTE: ITEM DISCONTINUED    More and more people with low vision are embracing assistive technology to stay as independent as possible. Did you know that often times those individuals use their smartphones and tablets to magnify what they are trying to read? Yes! Devices like smartphones and tablets are multipurpose, easy to transport, and provide more reading…

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Hearing Carry Over Diagram
What is Hearing Carry Over? Hearing Carry Over (HCO) is a Relay North Dakota telephone service for people who can hear but cannot use their voice or have a difficult to understand voice. HCO allows users to hear the person they are calling and speak to that person by typing to a relay operator who, in turn,…

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StickyKeys Menu for iPhone
Over the past 5 years, we have written about many technologies that can help people with disabilities use a cellphone independently. In the coming months, we thought we would bring it all together for you, to eventually create a reference guide for cellphone assistive technology. In the last post, we will provide you with a…

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