Universal cuff with Stylus Accessing a Touchscreen
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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Logo with "World Alzheimer's Month" #RememberMe and www.worldalzmonth.org
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness of this debilitating disease. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. There is a rapid growth in the number of people living…

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salmon-colored alarm clock with wheels
Do you “sleep like the dead”? Do you snooze your alarm about forty thousand times? You definitely aren’t alone. Fortunately there are numerous assistive technology  solutions to help you get up on time! Challenge Your Mind Mathe Alarm Clock – Free for iOS I described this app to my husband, a night owl and chronic…

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Changes to the Senior Safety Program For the past fifteen years, ND Assistive has been responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Assistive Safety Devices Distribution Service, better known as the Senior Safety Program, through a contract with the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division. Through this program, we are able to…

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We just got a new landline phone system in our office that, at first glance, seems to have a lot of features that could be beneficial to many people. The Vtech phone system (SN5147) I am talking about is an amplified corded/cordless answering system with big buttons and display. It also has three additional devices…

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Photo of the new TiVo Remote with the large blue microphone button in the top middle.
I don’t make it a secret that I love Amazon’s Echo products.  I even bought an Amazon Fire TV Cube early on to see if I could get it to control my TV with just my voice.  While I could control the television itself with voice; it would not work with my cable company, Midcontinent…

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white toilet with black seat and lid. Lid is open.
Now for our sexiest topic yet! Alternatives to traditional toileting! If you find that you or your loved one need additional assistance with toileting beyond the options discussed in our Safety and Independence in the Bathroom blog, explore the options below. Ready, aim… Oftentimes aiming into the toilet can become an issue for gentlemen with…

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Mickey with his Orbit 20 device
Last Summer at Camp Grassick I was introduced to Mickey Teubner.  He had recently moved back to North Dakota and was attending ND Association of the Blind’s weeklong camp.  I soon learned that Mickey who is blind is very computer savvy and was looking for a refreshable Braille device. I told him about one of ND…

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Picture of a man using a manual wheelchair with wheelblades installed in an outdoor setting with snow covered ground and evergeens.
Here in North Dakota, we sound a little like the Starks of Winterfell, “Winter is coming.” Winter comes every year and with it snow, and ice, and more snow, and more ice. In Fargo, and for much of the surrounding region, the last week of 2018 went out with a bang, or should I say…

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Hannah with her school name badge
The POWER of assistive technology to change a life and provide lifelong benefits was never more evident than in the story of Hannah.  In 2007 at age 15, she was involved in a car accident and acquired a severe traumatic brain injury. She could no longer walk, talk, or even hold up her head. After…

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