Hearing Carry Over Diagram
What is Hearing Carry Over? Hearing Carry Over (HCO) is a Relay North Dakota telephone service for people who can hear but cannot use their voice or have a difficult to understand voice. HCO allows users to hear the person they are calling and speak to that person by typing to a relay operator who, in turn,…

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CapTel 2400i
In part five of our articles on Cheap or Free Cellphone Adaptations, we will discuss built-in hearing accessibility features for Apple iOS and Android devices as well as a free captioning app and real-time text for individuals with hearing loss or deafness. To access parts 1-4 of this series, click on the links at the…

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WordBoard-Phrase keyboard app-screenshot
In part four of our articles on Cheap or Free Cellphone Adaptations, we are going to discuss solutions for cognitive loss including brain injury, dementia, learning disabilities, and more. To access parts 1-3, click on the links at the end of this article.  Look for a downloadable guide with all sections in the months to…

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Picture of the V.ALRT emergency button
There are many good medical/emergency alert systems on the market today that call for help with the touch of a button. Deciding what is the best emergency alert system is not always an easy task.  There are many things to consider: does the system require landline vs. cellular, does a user have to rent or…

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StickyKeys Menu for iPhone
Over the past 5 years, we have written about many technologies that can help people with disabilities use a cellphone independently. In the coming months, we thought we would bring it all together for you, to eventually create a reference guide for cellphone assistive technology. In the last post, we will provide you with a…

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It’s time to think about going back to school.  There are the typical supplies needed: pencils, paper, calculators, binders, homework folders, etc.  If a student is entering junior high, there are many other things to consider: use of lockers, changing of classes, and implementation of new rules.  What if a student needs to use a…

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Andoird Accessibility Screen
              In the upcoming weeks, we will continue our series in the area of assistive technology (AT) and adaptions for smartphones and basic cell phones for people with disabilities in the areas of physical, speech, hearing, vision or cognition. Last week in Part 1 we discussed accommodations for speech. …

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It’s crazy to think that school is starting so soon; already we see all the stores with their Back to School Supplies Sales and Supply Lists. So basically in a month, many schools in North Dakota will be in full swing.  I came across a website of a nonprofit organization, Understood, that looks interesting.  Their…

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man in a wheelchair smiling
For people with disabilities in the areas of physical, speech, hearing, vision, or cognition, there are many free or low-cost assistive technology devices and adaptations for smartphones and basic cellphones.  Many times the people we work with already have these technologies in their possession, and they don’t even know it! Last week, for example, we met with a woman…

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The Mandan office will be closed Monday, July 23rd and, Tuesday, July 24th. The Fargo office with be closed  from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday, July 23rd and, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Tuesday, July 24th. The closures are due to our all staff meeting. Thank you for your understanding.

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