Coming up with Christmas gift ideas for grandparents or your aging parents can be a challenge for many people.  Most seniors have almost everything they need, especially when it comes to the traditional things that are typically given as gifts (blankets, slippers, sweaters, mugs, etc.). What about gifting assistive technology (AT) that can improve the…

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A photo of a woman in a wheelchair with a purple jacket that has velcro securing the back of the jacket.
Every day I look in my closet and decide what to wear.  Should I dress up a little or go for a more casual look?  Should I wear some ND Assistive clothing to promote the organization?  It seems like such a simple thing; deciding on clothing.  For people with disabilities the choices can be limiting,…

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Picture of the V.ALRT emergency button
Since my August blog post on the V.ALRT wearable personal emergency alerting device, our office has purchased the device for both the equipment demonstration and short-term equipment trial programs. We were very eager and excited to try out the V.ALRT once it arrived.  I, along with my other 2 co-workers, did several tests with the…

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Kemo and her dog
Watching someone get the gift of amplification after years of diminished hearing is a great part of our job here at ND Assistive. The usual playful banter of “Can you hear me now?” “YES!” is sweet music to our ears. Kemo, a Veteran and member of the Lakota Nation, lost a portion of her hearing…

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cartoon of rotary dial phone with a confused look on its face
Here at ND Assistive, we have administered the specialized phone program, the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Service (TEDS), for the State of North Dakota since 2003.  Through the TEDS program, we are able to provide qualifying North Dakota residents who have a severe hearing, speech, physical, or vision impairment with free, specialized phone equipment. The range of…

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Logo - ND Voices, voter information
The election is only a few weeks away and there is still plenty of time to learn about the issues and decide on how you want to vote.  But what if you are someone with a disability and are worried that you won’t be able to vote once you get to your polling place?  Thanks…

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USee stand tablet magnifying a yellow mustard packet
NOTE: ITEM DISCONTINUED    More and more people with low vision are embracing assistive technology to stay as independent as possible. Did you know that often times those individuals use their smartphones and tablets to magnify what they are trying to read? Yes! Devices like smartphones and tablets are multipurpose, easy to transport, and provide more reading…

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Woman using a communication App to communicate
October is International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month.  According to the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), “International AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world each October. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to inform the public about the many different ways in…

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Photo of Sylvia
ND Assistive raises dollars throughout the year to help ND Residents with disabilities obtain the assistive technology (AT) they need for independence at home.  All the dollars raised go directly toward the purchase of AT through ND Assistive Possibilities Grant program. Individuals who are impacted by a disability and/or aging often have expenses that are…

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Farmer holding grain in his hands. One hand is missing fingers.
The week of September 16-22 is National Farm Safety and Health Week.  While there is a massive effort to prevent these accidents from happening which ranges from county extension workshops, panel discussions from farm groups, and a focus on educating youth who work or visit farms; farm accidents still exist.  Twenty years ago, my father…

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