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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Tami holding a sign to call 800-895-4728
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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The Echo SHow with two people and a dog having a video call The captions read" Man w/Dog: "There's mama!"
With COVID-19, you may have heard stories lately of seniors, people with disabilities, and those with health issues only being able to have “face-to-face” conversations with their loved ones through a window. But what if no one can get to their window,  and they are not technically savvy enough to do a video call like…

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Now that coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading among communities here in ND, we have been advised to take social distancing/isolation measures by avoiding gatherings with friends & outside family. This, unfortunately, includes no contact visits with those that reside in retirement or long-term care facilities, etc. This adjustment to limit social interactions is not easy for…

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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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Photo of Governor Burgum with people from ND Vison Services/School for the Blind, ND School for the Deaf, ND Assistive, and Anne Carlsen
FARGO, N.D. – Governor Doug Burgum has declared March 4, 2020 Assistive Technology Awareness Day after providers in North Dakota came together petitioning for awareness. The new day promotes independence to those with disabilities, broadening educational experience and promoting a more diverse workforce continuing North Dakota’s leadership with programs in line with Americans with Disabilities…

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Photo of Smart Oven
When I found my wall oven at home lacking the uumph to bake my cookies right, I decided it was time to upgrade from this 1970s model to a brand new wall oven. While researching ovens, I realized that they were quite a few models that offered smarthome connectivity. The price was just a little…

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Just like 2018, 2019 went out with a bang in Fargo, North Dakota, where I am writing this from.  By bang, I mean blizzard.  Woohoo, 13.5+ inches of snow!  As a born and bred North Dakotan, being prepared for a blizzard is something I was trained on from a young age.  When this most recent…

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headshot photo of a man wearing a gray sweater
  North Dakota Assistive is pleased to announce that Mike Chaussee has joined the staff as the Executive Director. He has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the staff, programs, expansion and execution of the mission of ND Assistive. Mike is a native of Bismarck, ND. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the…

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