This past year we’ve learned about and shared several different types of video technology and smart displays to help individuals communicate and stay in touch with their loved ones when they cannot see them in person. Recently I learned about another form of video technology that is convenient for seniors or anyone who wants a…

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Since the pandemic started a year ago, many of us have been seeking out new ways to connect with our loved one’s while being separated.  For many, this meant introducing technology to seniors for a visual connection to their family, friends, and doctors.  However, many of these older adults have never had internet access, never…

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FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit
Getting connected to the internet has never been more imperative than it is today due to the Pandemic, especially for those that are separated from loved ones. However, for some, the cost of broadband internet services is either impinging on their ability to pay for other needs or simply out of the question. Well, help…

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picture of Echo Show with captions
Through our Specialized Telephone Program, we are able to provide Amazon’s Echo Show, which helps people to connect with their loved ones. To enable Call Captioning, Closed Captioning, or Alexa Captioning for text captions when available, follow these simple procedures. Say “Go to setting”, or swipe down from the top of the screen and select…

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Small Red Scooter Car with Lady Inside
When spring rolls around, keep an eye out for this sweet lady proudly cruising the streets of Williston in her Sassy red electric scooter! Having the independence to drive ourselves to and from anywhere we want is something we often take for granted until our vehicle is in the shop, and we have to rely…

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Picture of another view inside the Care Hub app
We have written several blogs on the Amazon Alexa device and how its users can use it.  This device can keep up with the news, play music, create a smart home, make phone calls with Alexa, or even video and drop-in calls.  And during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Amazon Alexa sure has been a helpful…

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My dad using an adaptive knife and fork to cut meat on his plate at dinner.
About six months ago we started taking dinner to my parents once a week. It’s been a great way to stay connected with them as they don’t get out as much as they used to. After a few weeks, I began to notice things I hadn’t before. One of the most glaring was my dad’s…

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Modified Kitchen island and kitchen cupboards
If you are old enough to remember the cartoon, the Jetsons, a comical version of a century in the future, you will realize that many of the devices they had have come to fruition:  videophones, robotic assistance like the Roomba and jetpacks.  One thing the Jetsons didn’t have to consider was home modifications for people…

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picture of Lively Flip Phone
Keeping It Lively! Through ND Assistive’s Specialized Phone Program, the Jitterbug Flip Phone has been provided to people who enjoy using the flip phone with large buttons and a simple menu that is easily navigated through. Move on over Jitterbug, there’s a new kid in town, The Lively Flip, from the same makers of Jitterbug.…

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Logo for ND School for the Deaf, Resource Center of Deaf and Hard of Hearing. "Looking back with pride, looking forward with confidence"
I have learned so much while networking with professionals around the state.  One of my favorite people to call when I have a question concerning assistive technology for someone with hearing loss is Kathy Frelich.  Kathy works as a Hearing Outreach Specialist at the ND School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of…

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