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As the country settles in for the long-haul social distancing necessitated by the rapid spread of COVID-19, we must find solutions to maintain the most human of all our needs, personal connection.  We are social beings, yes, even the introverts. In Part 2 of our Connection in the Time of Social Distancing, we’ll introduce you…

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Now that coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading among communities here in ND, we have been advised to take social distancing/isolation measures by avoiding gatherings with friends & outside family. This, unfortunately, includes no contact visits with those that reside in retirement or long-term care facilities, etc. This adjustment to limit social interactions is not easy for…

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Teachers, do you have a K-12 student who is deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deafblind? If you do, you can apply for the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP).   It is not only teachers who can use this resource, but even parents of those students can also sign up for this…

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Last winter, ND Assistive was contacted by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) regarding showcasing our services and the benefits of assistive technology in a video format for the people served by NDBIN. This collaboration resulted in the creation of the video below. This video includes footage from both of our centers in Mandan…

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Maintaining connection to our loved ones is crucial to combating the feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression, and anxiety that have arrived hand-in-hand with the COVID-19 pandemic.  As public health officials warn us to avoid in-person contact, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have shuttered their doors to visitors and residents are remaining in their rooms,…

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Candy Lien (former employee from ND Vision Services/School for the Blind) recently wrote an article for the ND Association of the Blind’s newsletter, and she agreed to allow us to use it for this blog.  Candy describes her experience with the new Blind Shell Classic phone and I thought it would be beneficial for our…

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Bridging a Temporary Gap Assistive technology can provide valuable temporary accommodation following surgery or during an illness.  Below are three real-life examples of how assistive technology helped bridge a temporary gap. Example 1: Back Surgery A 36-year-old had minor back surgery.  During his 6-week recovery, he was not able to bend, twist, or lift more…

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FARGO, N.D. – Governor Doug Burgum has declared March 4, 2020 Assistive Technology Awareness Day after providers in North Dakota came together petitioning for awareness. The new day promotes independence to those with disabilities, broadening educational experience and promoting a more diverse workforce continuing North Dakota’s leadership with programs in line with Americans with Disabilities…

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If you would like to see this bath solution in person or like to visit on any other assistive technology devices, please visit our website at www.ndassistive.org or give us a call 800-895-4725.  

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What if you suddenly lost the ability to do something due to an accident or illness, something that you loved? What if you were not able to use your phone or computer, drive a car, work at a great job, go to college so you could have a great job, continue to stay in a…

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