Photo of Smart Oven
When I found my wall oven at home lacking the uumph to bake my cookies right, I decided it was time to upgrade from this 1970s model to a brand new wall oven. While researching ovens, I realized that they were quite a few models that offered smarthome connectivity. The price was just a little…

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Darrel at his computer using the new keypad. He has a big smile on his face.
When Darrel Schneider decided he wanted to go fishing, he designed himself a rod and reel. When he needed a better way to access his cell phone, he created plans for an elaborate mounting system. Darrel Schneider is what we call, a problem solver. And when Darrel has a problem he can’t quite solve on…

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Just like 2018, 2019 went out with a bang in Fargo, North Dakota, where I am writing this from.  By bang, I mean blizzard.  Woohoo, 13.5+ inches of snow!  As a born and bred North Dakotan, being prepared for a blizzard is something I was trained on from a young age.  When this most recent…

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screenshot of the Harmony Hub User interface
The ability to search for a movie like the “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” all by yourself on Netflix may seem insignificant to those without a disability.  To someone with paralysis, however, it can be the BEST gift EVER!  At ND Assistive, we are reminded every day about how precious it is to have the…

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Photo of Beth wearing a polar bear hat and winter gear
Are you worried about falling on an icy sidewalk during the winter, but you don’t want to become a prisoner in your own home? If you are unable to take a long vacation to Arizona in the winter months and want to get out to do the things you love, I have a few suggestions…

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Fire TV Cube with text stating "hands-free entertainment. Control your TV with your voice."
Amazon’s 2019 Fire TV Cube comes packed with accessibility features to suit the diverse needs of its users.  Check them out! Voice Control Probably the best-known/most-advertised feature of the Fire TV Cube is the ability to control your compatible TV using just your voice. The Fire TV Cube features Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant and a…

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I Can Connect Logo
The iCanConnect program provides people with both significant vision and hearing loss with free equipment and training to help them stay connected with friends, family, and the world. Sending an email or chatting on the phone can be challenging for people with both significant vision and hearing loss. Equipment that iCanConnect can provide include: telephones,…

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Small white motion sensor mounted to wall
Most people we meet at ND Assistive want to age in the home of their choice and avoid a nursing home stay – if at all possible. Of the many calls we receive, wandering or eloping is high on the list of reasons that loved ones with dementia and other disabilities are at risk of…

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Skype, owned by Microsoft, now offers free live captions and subtitles during calls!  This great feature makes Skype more accessible to individuals with hearing loss or deafness, auditory processing disorder, or who simply benefit from being able to read and hear the conversation. Captioning, also labeled as subtitles, is available on both audio and video…

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In my former work life I was a librarian. I love being around books and reading. I cannot imagine a life without being able to read. I have been working with a client who is blind and needs to read certain documents with both handwriting and typewritten text.   We have gone through options for this…

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