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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Photo of Sylvia
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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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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One of the most natural things a person might want to do in life is to sit back and relax. However, if you live alone and cannot independently maneuver out of a comfy chair due to aging or a physical disability, this can be a difficult if not impossible activity.  Medicare may pay for the…

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Assistive (formerly IPAT) is happy to announce that not only are we again participating in Giving Hearts Day on Feb. 8, 2018; we are also teaming up with HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization) to promote the day. Our two organizations work hand in hand to provide area residents with accessible, affordable healthcare equipment and assistive…

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Great news for Android users! Be My Eyes, a free application that was only available for iOS devices is now available for Android users! Today marks the beginning of access to the app for those who have print disabilities and volunteers alike. I’ve waited and waited and now it’s finally here!   So what does…

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Collin Clarke from Evansville, Indiana, weighed 201 pounds, with 37% body fat in May, 2015.  He was 22 years old, and working behind the front desk at Bob’s Gym. It was about this time when Collin looked inside the gym’s multi-purpose studio and saw personal trainer Glenn Ubelhor going through his body-building posing routine in…

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The year was 1988; President Ronald Reagan created National Senior Citizens Day on August 21 with a proclamation, declaring that, “Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of…

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On the July 20, 2017, episode of Pioneer Public TV’s, Compass, two informative segments were shown that focused on services for people with hearing and vision loss in ND and MN. “Compass is a weekly discussion of public policy and important issues facing local communities in Pioneer’s viewing area.” Many of our blog readers are in this area, so…

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Recently, Therese Willkomm “The MacGyver”of Assistive Technology (AT) flew from her home in New Hampshire to teach North Dakotans and Minnesotans how to better make a positive impact on other’s lives through AT made on the fly. She uses common products to create amazing results. The average person walks by a political sign and sees just that.…

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