Laryngectomy support group meeting view one
Earlier this month, the area Laryngectomy Support group met at ND Assistive to learn about the new TeliTalk Electrolarynx Phone and other types of assistive technology to help them communicate on the phone.  The group indicated that they learned a lot, and I thought others might benefit as well. The following methods were discussed: TeliTalk Electrolarynx…

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Woman using a communication App to communicate
October is International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month.  According to the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), “International AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world each October. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to inform the public about the many different ways in…

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Photo of Sylvia
ND Assistive raises dollars throughout the year to help ND Residents with disabilities obtain the assistive technology (AT) they need for independence at home.  All the dollars raised go directly toward the purchase of AT through ND Assistive Possibilities Grant program. Individuals who are impacted by a disability and/or aging often have expenses that are…

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man in a wheelchair smiling
For people with disabilities in the areas of physical, speech, hearing, vision, or cognition, there are many free or low-cost assistive technology devices and adaptations for smartphones and basic cellphones.  Many times the people we work with already have these technologies in their possession, and they don’t even know it! Last week, for example, we met with a woman…

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Do you need to make your home more accessible by adding a roll-in shower,  purchase a modified van with a lift to operate a vehicle independently again,  finance new hearing aids so you can listen to your grand child’s concert, or purchase a video magnifier to read the newspaper again?  If questions like these apply to you, our…

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Thanks so much to all of you who made our Giving Hearts Day a success for Assistive.  With your help, we raised more than $13,000 and (even more important) raised the awareness of what Assistive can do for people. All the funds raised will go towards our Possibilities Grant Program.  This program provides assistive technology…

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One of the most natural things a person might want to do in life is to sit back and relax. However, if you live alone and cannot independently maneuver out of a comfy chair due to aging or a physical disability, this can be a difficult if not impossible activity.  Medicare may pay for the…

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Assistive (formerly IPAT) is happy to announce that not only are we again participating in Giving Hearts Day on Feb. 8, 2018; we are also teaming up with HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization) to promote the day. Our two organizations work hand in hand to provide area residents with accessible, affordable healthcare equipment and assistive…

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We work with a lot of assistive technology (AT) devices here at, Assistive.  Some of this AT not only increases independence , but can actually save a life.  One of our very own board members, Carol Anhorn, discovered this. “As a marketing professional for more than 30 years, I have often been asked to serve…

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A “Throw Back Thursday” (TBT) post to not too long ago when we received a letter detailing exactly how donations raised during Pedaling for Possibilities and Giving Hearts Day funded an iPad that changed a woman’s life.  After working with IPAT staff, Judy Wall, a woman with low vision, determined Assistive Technology (AT) was what she…

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