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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Laryngectomy support group meeting view one
Earlier this month, the area Laryngectomy Support group met at ND Assistive to learn about the new TeliTalk Electrolarynx Phone and other types of assistive technology to help them communicate on the phone.  The group indicated that they learned a lot, and I thought others might benefit as well. The following methods were discussed: TeliTalk Electrolarynx…

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Picture of the V.ALRT emergency button
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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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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cartoon of rotary dial phone with a confused look on its face
Here at ND Assistive, we have administered the specialized phone program, the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Service (TEDS), for the State of North Dakota since 2003.  Through the TEDS program, we are able to provide qualifying North Dakota residents who have a severe hearing, speech, physical, or vision impairment with free, specialized phone equipment. The range of…

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Logo - ND Voices, voter information
The election is only a few weeks away and there is still plenty of time to learn about the issues and decide on how you want to vote.  But what if you are someone with a disability and are worried that you won’t be able to vote once you get to your polling place?  Thanks…

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USee stand tablet magnifying a yellow mustard packet
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 space, clarity, and magnification compared…

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Woman using a communication App to communicate
October is International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month.  According to the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), “International AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world each October. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to inform the public about the many different ways in…

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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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Farmer holding grain in his hands. One hand is missing fingers.
The week of September 16-22 is National Farm Safety and Health Week.  While there is a massive effort to prevent these accidents from happening which ranges from county extension workshops, panel discussions from farm groups, and a focus on educating youth who work or visit farms; farm accidents still exist.  Twenty years ago, my father…

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