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 independence to do the most basic things.

Last week, we worked with an individual who just wanted to be able to look up and play movies on Netflix on her own without having to wait for a nurse or family member to help.  She already had a Harmony Hub set up with a mouth joystick to control her cable TV and DVD player. However, she was unable to use it to access Netflix…or so she thought.  We listened to her needs and took a look at the menus that were already programmed into the Harmony Hub.  We discovered that the tool she needed to be independent with Netflix was already programmed into the device; she would just need a little training on how to use it.  By the end of the hour, she was selecting her favorite Holiday movie to watch all by herself while grinning from ear-to-ear.

Giving “gifts” like this all year round is the best thing about working at ND Assistive.  If you know someone who needs assistive technology to be more independent and safe in any area of their life such as memory, seeing, moving, hearing, learning, speaking, accessing a computer, controlling their environment, working, staying in their home, etc.,  just give us a call or email to get started: 1-800-895-4728 or info@ndassistive.org. Happy Holidays!

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Jeannie Krull is the Program Director for ND Assistive (formerly IPAT). She is an ASHA certified speech/language pathologist and a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, who has worked with people with disabilities of all ages since 1991.