Picture of the Zubitz Magnets
Having trouble with tying shoelaces, shoelaces coming undone, or troubles untying someone else’s secured knot?  When it comes to tying shoes, everyone has different limitations and learning styles. Some of the reasons why people have problems could include conditions such as arthritis, dyspraxia, cerebral palsy, stroke, limited dexterity, recovering from recent surgery, for runners, learning…

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Visor card has symbols on it that indicates the person is hard of hearing and will help the officer communicate by pointing at symbols on the card.
What does a person who is hard of hearing or deaf do when he is pulled over by a police officer? A few years ago, the staff of the ND School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NDSD) decided to assist both police officers and those with hearing loss in this…

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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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picture of video calling devices
Since 2003, ND Assistive has administered the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Services (TEDS), also known as the Specialized Telephone Program for the State of North Dakota. ND Assistive contracts with the ND Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division, to implement TEDS. The funds for equipment, client services, and administration for TEDS are provided through a…

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My grandparents are in their late 80s. They live on the family farm in rural North Dakota.  They have a vast network of family, friends, and neighbors that stop by for coffee, cookies, cards, conversation, and supper (not dinner mind you).  They go to services every Sunday and visit family and friends at the long-term…

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Tami holding a sign to call 800-895-4728
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a major effect on individuals and businesses everywhere.    Now that social distancing has been implemented, we have had to change the way we go about our day-to-day procedures and activities.  Many businesses have had to close their doors and suspend their operations without guarantee to re-open. Even though ND Assistive has…

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Photo of young many with sunglasses using Jamboxx
Are you sitting at home bored and feeling lethargic? I am attempting in the blog this week to give you a few ideas of activities you can do in your own home to alleviate boredom and add a little spice to this new normal. While I was looking for activities that are adapted in some…

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The Echo SHow with two people and a dog having a video call The captions read" Man w/Dog: "There's mama!"
With COVID-19, you may have heard stories lately of seniors, people with disabilities, and those with health issues only being able to have “face-to-face” conversations with their loved ones through a window. But what if no one can get to their window,  and they are not technically savvy enough to do a video call like…

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Screen shot of smartphone screen with video messaging app icons. Left to right, top to bottom. FaceTime, Google Duo, Facebook Messanger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Marco Polo
As the country settles in for the long-haul social distancing necessitated by the rapid spread of COVID-19, we must find solutions to maintain the most human of all our needs, personal connection.  We are social beings, yes, even the introverts. In Part 2 of our Connection in the Time of Social Distancing, we’ll introduce you…

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Now that coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading among communities here in ND, we have been advised to take social distancing/isolation measures by avoiding gatherings with friends & outside family. This, unfortunately, includes no contact visits with those that reside in retirement or long-term care facilities, etc. This adjustment to limit social interactions is not easy for…

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