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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Voice Dream Scanner-Text Capture in PDF
As we head back into the barely-charted waters of educating our children during COVID times, it’s good to remind ourselves that there are many, many assistive technology buoys out there that can help us avoid some of those big underwater rocks and keep on sailing.  In this blog, you’ll find a compilation of assistive technology…

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A few months ago we were assisting a client who has Parkinson’s disease, and his challenge was having to take medication during the night. He is a heavy sleeper who also is hard-of-hearing and didn’t want a loud alarm during the night, waking his wife.   We ended up with a good compromise for this couple.…

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woman wearing a clear face mask
The Issue COVID-19 has brought about the need to wear masks when interacting with others who are not in our households or pods.  The CDC has recommended that all who are able to wear cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  Unfortunately, cloth face masks can make communication difficult for individuals who…

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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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Visor card has symbols on it that indicates the person is hard of hearing and will help the officer communicate by pointing at symbols on the card.
What does a person who is hard of hearing or deaf do when he is pulled over by a police officer? A few years ago, the staff of the ND School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NDSD) decided to assist both police officers and those with hearing loss in this…

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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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Screen shot of smartphone screen with video messaging app icons. Left to right, top to bottom. FaceTime, Google Duo, Facebook Messanger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Marco Polo
As the country settles in for the long-haul social distancing necessitated by the rapid spread of COVID-19, we must find solutions to maintain the most human of all our needs, personal connection.  We are social beings, yes, even the introverts. In Part 2 of our Connection in the Time of Social Distancing, we’ll introduce you…

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Home page of DCMP.ORG
Teachers, do you have a K-12 student who is deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deafblind? If you do, you can apply for the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP).   It is not only teachers who can use this resource, but even parents of those students can also sign up for this…

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