Recently we had family members stop in our office to donate back assistive technology devices that their now deceased mother had received from one of our programs.  The family shared how the goal was to keep their mom in her home until she passed.  They were able to accomplish their goal with the help of…

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A photo of a stenomask. It looks a lot like a small triangular black device with rubber end to put up against your mouth.
Recently I was looking for voice amplification for a person with Parkinson’s disease and came across the Stenomask as an option for those who are using speech recognition programs.  A Stenomask is a noise-canceling, voice isolating microphone.  This device kind of resembles a gas mask that fits over a person’s mouth. So what does it…

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A photo of the small Facebook Portal, showing a man with a small child in his lap on the screen and a bigger Facebook Portal Plus with a woman reading a book on the screen.
I first noticed the new Facebook Portal when I saw the Mother’s Day commercials with Neil Patrick Harris and the moms of famous people.  View the Mother’s Day commercial.  I was more than a little skeptical about the actual use of this device because I really like the Echo Show with its many cool features. …

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Picture of Older Americans 2019 Logo
Every year in May, Older Americans Month recognizes the contributions of older adults across the nation. This year’s theme of Older Americans Month is “Connect, Create and Contribute”, according to Administration for Community Living to encourage older adults to create and connect with their communities and continue to contribute their talents and life experiences to benefit…

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Hearing Aid
Are you in need of hearing aids, but are finding the cost a bit out of reach? Have you tried to get a loan for hearing aids and found the interest rate to be in the teens? If you live in North Dakota, we may have a solution for you and just in time for…

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Screenshot of alarms. 5 alarms, 1 for each of 5 tasks.
About Me I was born 11 days early. It often feels as though that was the last time I was early for anything in my life. I’m turning 30 in May. 30 years later, I’m ready to be early. I’ll settle for being on time.   I was diagnosed with ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, as an adult at…

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Photo of the new TiVo Remote with the large blue microphone button in the top middle.
I don’t make it a secret that I love Amazon’s Echo products.  I even bought an Amazon Fire TV Cube early on to see if I could get it to control my TV with just my voice.  While I could control the television itself with voice; it would not work with my cable company, Midcontinent…

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Future Call phone
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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