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We have written several blogs on the Amazon Alexa device and how its users can use it.  This device can keep up with the news, play music, create a smart home, make phone calls with Alexa, or even video and drop-in calls.  And during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Amazon Alexa sure has been a helpful…

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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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Acacia Stuckle, NDSU Extension agent from Emmons County wrote this story for her local paper, and she is allowing us to share it. It might sound silly to say, but COVID-19 has made me homesick. Definitely not homesick for my home, as we spend more than enough time there these days. However, homesick for my…

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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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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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Since 2003, ND Assistive has administered the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Services (TEDS), also known as the Specialized Telephone Program for the State of North Dakota. ND Assistive contracts with the ND Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division, to implement TEDS. The funds for equipment, client services, and administration for TEDS are provided through a…

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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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Specialized phones
Maintaining connection to our loved ones is crucial to combating the feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression, and anxiety that have arrived hand-in-hand with the COVID-19 pandemic.  As public health officials warn us to avoid in-person contact, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have shuttered their doors to visitors and residents are remaining in their rooms,…

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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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