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 routine daily activities.  For persons who may…

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Today, March 27th, 2019 is the first-ever National Assistive Technology Awareness Day! On March 11, 2019, Senator Robert P. Casey Jr., and Senator Kevin Cramer submitted S.Res.103, a resolution designating March 27th as National Assistive Technology Awareness Day to the U.S. Senate. That is right – North Dakota’s very own Senator Kevin Cramer played a vital role…

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I can remember watching comedy shows as a kid where one of the characters would be sick in bed or laid up and having a bedside bell to ring for when they need assistance or help (getting a blanket, need water, turn off the light, etc.).  And then sometimes the other character would respond to…

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Image of person holding a cell phone with Live Transcribe app
If you are someone who is hard-of-hearing or is deaf and have found it difficult to communicate with those around you, you might be able to use one of the following three applications on your phone or tablet. Basically, the three applications below are ones that will produce speech to text on-the-go. For no cost…

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Picture of a gentleman using a wireless headphone system to listen to the tv
During these cold winter days it is nice to spend them indoors and watch a favorite TV episode, movie or series.  But what if you have a partial hearing loss or maybe your hearing aids just aren’t enough to hear the TV? Missing dialogue, muffled words, or straining to hear are the common complaints of…

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Esther R sitting in her lift chair. She is smiling and holding a bouquet of pink flowers. She has short dark hair and is wearing a lilac cardigan with a calf length black skirt.
Thanks to Possibility Makers like you and your Giving Hearts Day donations last year, Kemo, Shirley, Mark, John, Myron, Cathy, and 26 other people received assistive technology (AT) through the Possibilities Fund to help them live fuller, safer, more independent lives.  From March 2018-February 2019, the funds raised provided equipment such as: An assistive listening…

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Mickey with his Orbit 20 device
Last Summer at Camp Grassick I was introduced to Mickey Teubner.  He had recently moved back to North Dakota and was attending ND Association of the Blind’s weeklong camp.  I soon learned that Mickey who is blind is very computer savvy and was looking for a refreshable Braille device. I told him about one of ND…

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North Dakota's Dual Sensory Project Logo in print and Braille
Dual Sensory Project and iCanConnect: Resources for North Dakotans Who are Deaf-Blind This week’s blog is going to cover two programs in North Dakota which affect those with vision and hearing loss.  It seems to me that people with this dual sensory impairment or those working with this group often don’t realize that there is…

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HERO truck being loaded with medical equipment
  What is HERO? HERO stands for Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization. We do healthcare supplies. Affordably. HERO collects and distributes donated healthcare equipment and supplies at low or no cost to benefit those in need locally and globally. Our mission is to provide access to affordable healthcare equipment and supplies for all, through the collection…

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