This past year we’ve learned about and shared several different types of video technology and smart displays to help individuals communicate and stay in touch with their loved ones when they cannot see them in person. Recently I learned about another form of video technology that is convenient for seniors or anyone who wants a…

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Since the pandemic started a year ago, many of us have been seeking out new ways to connect with our loved one’s while being separated.  For many, this meant introducing technology to seniors for a visual connection to their family, friends, and doctors.  However, many of these older adults have never had internet access, never…

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FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit
Getting connected to the internet has never been more imperative than it is today due to the Pandemic, especially for those that are separated from loved ones. However, for some, the cost of broadband internet services is either impinging on their ability to pay for other needs or simply out of the question. Well, help…

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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 another view inside the Care Hub app
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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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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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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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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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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