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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picture of video calling devices
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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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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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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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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A photo of the small Facebook Portal, showing a man with a small child in his lap on the screen and a bigger Facebook Portal Plus with a woman reading a book on the screen.
I first noticed the new Facebook Portal when I saw the Mother’s Day commercials with Neil Patrick Harris and the moms of famous people.  View the Mother’s Day commercial.  I was more than a little skeptical about the actual use of this device because I really like the Echo Show with its many cool features. …

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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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