Red banner that reads game accessibility. 3 video game aliens line the bottom of the banner.
Early this year I had the pleasure to attend the ATiA 2019 Conference – one of the biggest assistive technology conferences in the world. ATiA Conferences offer hundreds of ways to learn about assistive technology through sessions, speakers, brainstorming sessions, and hands-on opportunities. There, I attended a session called, “Access Granted: Gaming for Accessible Switch Users“.…

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Picture of a gentleman using a wireless headphone system to listen to the tv
During these cold winter days it is nice to spend them indoors and watch a favorite TV episode, movie or series.  But what if you have a partial hearing loss or maybe your hearing aids just aren’t enough to hear the TV? Missing dialogue, muffled words, or straining to hear are the common complaints of…

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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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Clarity Sempre Mini
As more and more people are moving from landline telephones to cellphones, we experience a subsequential increase in the question: “How can I make my cellphone louder?” Through this blog we will explore 3 different ways to make your cellphone louder. These devices will increase the volume of your cellphone without the use of hearing…

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Apps to Support a Successful Transition
Using electronic applications “apps” on an iPad can be a great solution for a student who needs additional support in their educational journey.  Educational apps can provide an ideal transition from school to home, promoting greater learning.  However, searching and trying to find an app that will be the right one or beneficial to the…

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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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