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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According to the National Fire Protective Association, ranges or cooktops account for almost two-thirds of home cooking fire incidents, and unattended equipment is a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires and half of associated deaths. What should you do if you or your loved one forgets food on the stove unattended which could…

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Recently, I have been approached by several clients with various physical disabilities with the same question, “How can I independently control my TV when I can’t physically access the remote?” This is a complex question with numerous possible solutions.  Because I’m not in the novel-writing business, I’m going to keep it short and sweet.  In…

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ND Assistive First Assistive Technology Center
Although the development of assistive technology (AT) started much earlier, the field of AT, in my opinion, did not really come into the public eye until the 80s, which is when I first learned about it in college.  The year 2020 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Assistive Technology Act, the 30th Anniversary of the…

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Tami holding a sign to call 800-895-4728
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a major effect on individuals and businesses everywhere.    Now that social distancing has been implemented, we have had to change the way we go about our day-to-day procedures and activities.  Many businesses have had to close their doors and suspend their operations without guarantee to re-open. Even though ND Assistive has…

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The Echo SHow with two people and a dog having a video call The captions read" Man w/Dog: "There's mama!"
With COVID-19, you may have heard stories lately of seniors, people with disabilities, and those with health issues only being able to have “face-to-face” conversations with their loved ones through a window. But what if no one can get to their window,  and they are not technically savvy enough to do a video call like…

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Bridging a Temporary Gap Assistive technology can provide valuable temporary accommodation following surgery or during an illness.  Below are three real-life examples of how assistive technology helped bridge a temporary gap. Example 1: Back Surgery A 36-year-old had minor back surgery.  During his 6-week recovery, he was not able to bend, twist, or lift more…

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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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Fargo Smart Home Ceiling Fan
As many of you know, one of the focuses this year for ND Assistive has been to bring smart home technology to people with paralysis in North Dakota with a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation.  This endeavor has been an amazing learning experience for all of the staff at ND Assistive.  We…

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Picture of the 4 main smart home speaker systems
Back in June, ND Assistive announced receiving a $75,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. This grant allowed ND Assistive to expand our two existing Home First Centers (simulated homes filled with assistive technology in every room) into state-of-the-art Smart Homes. So what are Smart Homes? Most individuals have heard this commonly used…

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