Smiling Man with the caption: Technology...Making Independence Possible
What if you suddenly lost the ability to do something due to an accident or illness, something that you loved? What if you were not able to use your phone or computer, drive a car, work at a great job, go to college so you could have a great job, continue to stay in a…

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Web article distilled to simplified, text only version. One paragraph is clear, the rest of the article is
When it comes to reading articles on the web, visual distractions abound.  For those who have difficulty staying focused while reading in general, reading on the web is a whole different beast. It’s like trying to read with a shiny, sparkle-vested squirrel dancing the tango on the sidelines.  Except all that visual clutter isn’t really…

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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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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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Contour Design UniMouse
If you are experiencing pain in your hands, wrists, or shoulders it might be time to consider switching up your computer mouse to see if it eases the pain.  When switching to a new mouse, be patient with the process. It takes a while to become accustomed to a whole new setup! It may take…

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A photo of a stenomask. It looks a lot like a small triangular black device with rubber end to put up against your mouth.
Recently I was looking for voice amplification for a person with Parkinson’s disease and came across the Stenomask as an option for those who are using speech recognition programs.  A Stenomask is a noise-canceling, voice isolating microphone.  This device kind of resembles a gas mask that fits over a person’s mouth. So what does it…

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Apps to Support a Successful Transition
Using electronic applications “apps” on an iPad can be a great solution for a student who needs additional support in their educational journey.  Educational apps can provide an ideal transition from school to home, promoting greater learning.  However, searching and trying to find an app that will be the right one or beneficial to the…

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Screen shot of the Dragon Dictation Box.
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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WordBoard-Phrase keyboard app-screenshot
In part four of our articles on Cheap or Free Cellphone Adaptations, we are going to discuss solutions for cognitive loss including brain injury, dementia, learning disabilities, and more. To access parts 1-3, click on the links at the end of this article.  Look for a downloadable guide with all sections in the months to…

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Great news for Android users! Be My Eyes, a free application that was only available for iOS devices is now available for Android users! Today marks the beginning of access to the app for those who have print disabilities and volunteers alike. I’ve waited and waited and now it’s finally here!   So what does…

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