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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Picture of Gerri
Name:  Gerri Sarsten Started at ND Assistive:  November 2018 Hometown:  Laurel, Montana (Home of the Locomotives!) Job Title:  Administrative Assistant – Mandan Office Family:  I am married to Kraig and we have 3 fantastic sons. Layn (22) is a student at Minot State, Zak (20) works for Standing Rock EMS and is a student at…

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Picture of a man using a manual wheelchair with wheelblades installed in an outdoor setting with snow covered ground and evergeens.
Here in North Dakota, we sound a little like the Starks of Winterfell, “Winter is coming.” Winter comes every year and with it snow, and ice, and more snow, and more ice. In Fargo, and for much of the surrounding region, the last week of 2018 went out with a bang, or should I say…

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Red with white snowflakes. Reads Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018.
ND Assistive will be closed the following office hours this holiday season. Fargo Office:  Wednesday, December 19th: CLOSED 8 am – Noon Monday, December 24th: CLOSED Tuesday, December 25th: CLOSED Tuesday, January 1st: CLOSED Mandan Office:  Monday, December 24th: CLOSED Tuesday, December 25th: CLOSED Tuesday, January 1st: CLOSED

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Blue Christmas ball hanging on a tree with crystals spelling out Hope in Braille
I have always been fascinated with Braille.  I remember as a young child, reading elementary library books about Louis Braille and Helen Keller.  As an adult I learned Grade 1 Braille in order to work at the media center at the ND Vision Services/School for the Blind and marveled at the volumes of Braille on…

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Picture of presents under a Christmas tree
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is officially the start of the holiday shopping season.  Finding that right gift for everyone on your list can sometimes be a challenge.  But this year how about giving a gift that can provide individuals with a sense of safety and well-being. I’ve compiled 10 Christmas gift ideas that…

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Cartoon of Woodstock and Snoopy breaking the wishbone with the text "Happy Thanksgiving"
ND Assistive would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for the opportunity to serve so many wonderful clients every day.  The ND Assistive offices will be closed Thursday, November 22nd in honor of Thanksgiving.  The offices will reopen Friday, November 23rd with limited staff. If you are shopping on Amazon…

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