Android Action Blocks
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Apple iOS products and will most likely continue to love them and what they do for people with disabilities. That does not mean, however, that I am going to overlook other devices or operating systems that also have amazing features, like Android’s latest accessibility tools, especially when my client…

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Individuals who have a hearing impairment may struggle with Amazon Alexa’s responses, music, videos and calls. The good news is that Alexa does have a few options and tools that can help work around an individual’s hearing loss. The Alexa and the Alexa app come with several features that you can customize or turn on…

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picture of Echo Show with captions
Through our Specialized Telephone Program, we are able to provide Amazon’s Echo Show, which helps people to connect with their loved ones. To enable Call Captioning, Closed Captioning, or Alexa Captioning for text captions when available, follow these simple procedures. Say “Go to setting”, or swipe down from the top of the screen and select…

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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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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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