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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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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  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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Fire TV Cube with text stating "hands-free entertainment. Control your TV with your voice."
Amazon’s 2019 Fire TV Cube comes packed with accessibility features to suit the diverse needs of its users.  Check them out! Voice Control Probably the best-known/most-advertised feature of the Fire TV Cube is the ability to control your compatible TV using just your voice. The Fire TV Cube features Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant and a…

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I am in full Black Friday mode and primed for all those great deals! If you are like me, you get excited and wait all year for the Black Friday shopping. For many years I have tracked the great deals by studying all the sale ads both in print and online the weekend before Thanksgiving.…

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The iCanConnect program provides people with both significant vision and hearing loss with free equipment and training to help them stay connected with friends, family, and the world. Sending an email or chatting on the phone can be challenging for people with both significant vision and hearing loss. Equipment that iCanConnect can provide include: telephones,…

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Most people we meet at ND Assistive want to age in the home of their choice and avoid a nursing home stay – if at all possible. Of the many calls we receive, wandering or eloping is high on the list of reasons that loved ones with dementia and other disabilities are at risk of…

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Skype, owned by Microsoft, now offers free live captions and subtitles during calls!  This great feature makes Skype more accessible to individuals with hearing loss or deafness, auditory processing disorder, or who simply benefit from being able to read and hear the conversation. Captioning, also labeled as subtitles, is available on both audio and video…

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October is here and it’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Since 1988, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) has been an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues as well as celebrate the many varied contributions of those workers with disabilities. This year’s…

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