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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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Are you sitting at home bored and feeling lethargic? I am attempting in the blog this week to give you a few ideas of activities you can do in your own home to alleviate boredom and add a little spice to this new normal. While I was looking for activities that are adapted in some…

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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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Candy Lien (former employee from ND Vision Services/School for the Blind) recently wrote an article for the ND Association of the Blind’s newsletter, and she agreed to allow us to use it for this blog.  Candy describes her experience with the new Blind Shell Classic phone and I thought it would be beneficial for our…

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Smiling Man with the caption: Technology...Making Independence Possible
What if you suddenly lost the ability to do something due to an accident or illness, something that you loved? What if you were not able to use your phone or computer, drive a car, work at a great job, go to college so you could have a great job, continue to stay in a…

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Web article distilled to simplified, text only version. One paragraph is clear, the rest of the article is
When it comes to reading articles on the web, visual distractions abound.  For those who have difficulty staying focused while reading in general, reading on the web is a whole different beast. It’s like trying to read with a shiny, sparkle-vested squirrel dancing the tango on the sidelines.  Except all that visual clutter isn’t really…

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Fire TV Cube with text stating "hands-free entertainment. Control your TV with your voice."
Amazon’s 2019 Fire TV Cube comes packed with accessibility features to suit the diverse needs of its users.  Check them out! Voice Control Probably the best-known/most-advertised feature of the Fire TV Cube is the ability to control your compatible TV using just your voice. The Fire TV Cube features Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant and a…

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The iCanConnect program provides people with both significant vision and hearing loss with free equipment and training to help them stay connected with friends, family, and the world. Sending an email or chatting on the phone can be challenging for people with both significant vision and hearing loss. Equipment that iCanConnect can provide include: telephones,…

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In my former work life I was a librarian. I love being around books and reading. I cannot imagine a life without being able to read. I have been working with a client who is blind and needs to read certain documents with both handwriting and typewritten text.   We have gone through options for this…

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