Screen shot of smartphone screen with video messaging app icons. Left to right, top to bottom. FaceTime, Google Duo, Facebook Messanger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Marco Polo
As the country settles in for the long-haul social distancing necessitated by the rapid spread of COVID-19, we must find solutions to maintain the most human of all our needs, personal connection.  We are social beings, yes, even the introverts. In Part 2 of our Connection in the Time of Social Distancing, we’ll introduce you…

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Picture of two women on a couch smiling
Last winter, ND Assistive was contacted by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) regarding showcasing our services and the benefits of assistive technology in a video format for the people served by NDBIN. This collaboration resulted in the creation of the video below. This video includes footage from both of our centers in Mandan…

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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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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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apple watch user in manual wheelchair
Here at ND Assistive one of our jobs is to keep an eye out for new technology solutions for individuals with disabilities to live more independently. One company we always stay in tune with is Apple. When it comes to taking the lead on building in accessibility features to their products, Apple is always taking…

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Darrel at his computer using the new keypad. He has a big smile on his face.
When Darrel Schneider decided he wanted to go fishing, he designed himself a rod and reel. When he needed a better way to access his cell phone, he created plans for an elaborate mounting system. Darrel Schneider is what we call, a problem solver. And when Darrel has a problem he can’t quite solve on…

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screenshot of the Harmony Hub User interface
The ability to search for a movie like the “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” all by yourself on Netflix may seem insignificant to those without a disability.  To someone with paralysis, however, it can be the BEST gift EVER!  At ND Assistive, we are reminded every day about how precious it is to have the…

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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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The North Dakota Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Service (TEDS) is designed to provide free specialized telephones and accessories to ND residents with severe hearing, vision, speech, cognitive or physical disabilities who have difficulty using standard telephones and who qualify financially. Communication on the phone is an essential tool for daily routine activities. For persons who may…

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