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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Acacia Stuckle, NDSU Extension agent from Emmons County wrote this story for her local paper, and she is allowing us to share it. It might sound silly to say, but COVID-19 has made me homesick. Definitely not homesick for my home, as we spend more than enough time there these days. However, homesick for my…

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A zoom call with Matt holding up his phone and showing the app
Assistive technology changes lives, but not just any assistive technology will do.  Every user has unique needs and matching those needs to the available assistive technology is key. And, making use of the technology devices a person already owns and uses well, can produce an even better result. The video below tells Matt’s story of…

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ND Assistive offers 2 different financing program options for ND residents with disabilities to purchase assistive technology (AT).  In my blog last month, I covered how our Possibilities grant program is available to assist with funding assistive technology.  ND Assistive’s Assistive Technology Financial Loan Program (ATFLP) aims to provide another financing option for those in…

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screen shot of Android tablet in sound notifications menu
With the recent releases of the iOS 14 and Android 11 operating systems, your iOS and Android smartphones can now alert you to important environmental sounds such as doorbells, fire alarms, and dogs barking.  These accessibility features have been specifically designed for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing users.  Home alerting systems, such as the Clarity…

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picture of equipment
No Fee for AT Short Term Equipment Trials There are so many devices for so many different uses out there!  Is it any wonder that one could be overwhelmed with what may or may not work for themselves or someone in their life that would benefit from assistive technology? At ND Assistive, we are here…

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